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Unrae, incomprehensible automotive absence from the Recovery plan

Byeditorial

May 6, 2021

“The general Pnrr system offers a unique opportunity to make up for the country’s delays in terms of reforms and relaunching the economy and employment. This is why we were surprised not to find adequate attention to the automotive sector, which has a preponderant weight in the mobility of people and goods and which represents the production sector most committed to research and investments for the ecological transition “. This was underlined in a note by Michele Crisci, President of Unrae, commenting on the contents of the plan presented by the Draghi government and sent to the EU Commission. “The measures indicated in the plan – says Crisci – are generally acceptable, even if they can be improved: the strengthening of the railway and high-speed network, the creation of cycle paths, the electric and hydrogen charging infrastructures, are interventions that go in the direction of decongesting road traffic and favor the abatement of harmful emissions “.” However, we believe – he adds – that a strategic plan for ecological transition risks achieving halved results if, as happened, ad hoc measures for the automotive supply chain are left out “. Unrae underlines the absence in the Plan of the circulating fleet “among the oldest in Europe in all its sectors, but which is difficult to replace quickly with ‘iron care’, while it is necessary and urgent to encourage its replacement with new greener vehicles, given that 90% of goods and people currently travel by road “. Furthermore, according to Crisci, in the chapter of reforms, which can re includes resolutions to remove bureaucratic burdens and obstacles to investments, “both the reform of the Highway Code, a necessary intervention to adapt now obsolete rules to new forms of mobility and international regulations, and any reference aimed at modifying the tax framework of the sector, which penalizes us compared to the main EU countries, for example in the excessive taxation on company cars, in the reduced tax deduction for individuals and in the lack of tax relief for road haulage companies that invest in latest generation vehicles ” . “The Government – concludes President Unrae – will at this point have to find the regulatory instruments suitable for the measures on the automotive sector that have not found space in the Pnrr. For this reason, we also hope for the establishment of an Automotive Table aimed at identifying the best solutions to strategically include the sector in the country’s modernization programs, in favor of future generations, without having to continually resort to urgent and short-term measures. “.