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Parliamentary questions
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11 June 2018
Answer given by Ms Bieńkowska on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-001481/2018

The EU Battery Alliance was launched in October 2017 bringing together EU institutions, Member States and industry to help establish a competitive battery value chain in Europe and, in particular, a battery cells manufacturing base. Since the launch, there have been a number of meetings with potential materials and cell manufacturers and Member States to examine potential projects and support that the Commission could offer.

On 17 May 2018, the Commission adopted a Strategic Action Plan for Batteries, as part of the ‘Sustainable Mobility for Europe’ package. It comprises measures targeting the entire batteries value chain including the promotion of sustainable sourcing of raw materials, adapting the regulatory framework, supporting research and innovation, investing in specialised skills and reinforcing collection and recycling schemes.

It also identifies potential sources of EU financing and the potential for Member States to use the Important Projects of Common European Interest instrument. In addition, EUR 200 million has already been allocated for battery research and innovation.

These funds include the development of new promising materials and technologies to support the production of competitive European battery cells and batteries with improved performance. The European Investment Bank is expected to play a key role and has already reached agreement on a loan of EUR 52.5 million for a pilot project.

For the Alliance to be a success, Member States will need to play a key role. In certain cases, activities can be co-financed from the European Structural and Investment Funds e.g. Smart Specialisation Strategies. More information is available on the Commission's Inforegio website(1).


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