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Yesterday, information on the second major pan-European battery cell project was sent to the European Commission. The project involves ten German companies as well as enterprises and research institutions from another ten European Member States.

Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier said: "I am pleased that we have launched the second battery cell project within a very short time and are now able to present it to the European Commission today. This is a great success for Germany as a business location and for all European companies involved in this process. Together, we want to build innovations and value creation networks to establish a functioning ecosystem for battery cell production from the processing of raw materials and the manufacturing of battery cells through to recycling".

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is currently working with German industry on two major battery cell innovation and production projects. These projects are implemented as so-called "Important Projects of Common European Interest" (IPCEI) and comprise projects from several European Member States. In Germany, projects will be implemented in numerous federal states. Regions affected by structural change will also benefit from the funding.

The first group of companies was submitted to the European Commission for notification at the beginning of October 2019. The individual projects of the second group of companies were sent to the European Commission today for pre-notification. This is a first informal procedural step which precedes the actual notification procedure.