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Electric car transition puts over 70,000 jobs at risk in Italy, unions and lobby say -Breaking


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MILAN, (Reuters) – The switch to electric vehicles in Italy will place around 73,000 people at risk, according to metal workers’ unions as well as a lobby group. On Thursday, they called for the government to begin discussions about measures to help the automobile industry.

Analysts believe that the Italian auto industry could suffer more than other countries due to the low average size and high investment required to meet the “Fit-For-55” EU climate plan, which will see the end of combustion engines in 2035.

Federmeccanica, the FIM and FIOM unions stated in a joint statement that “This plan, if it is not accompanied (government) intervention could lead to a loss approximately 73,000 jobs here in Italy”, Federmeccanica, employers group, and UILM unions warned in a rare joint statement.

According to them, vehicle production in Italy has fallen from more than 1.8 million units in 1997, to 700,000. Last year included fewer that 500,000 vehicles.

Francesca Re David, head of FIOM said that “we need to return to producing approximately 1.5 million units per year.”

According to data collected by ANFIA automotive association, approximately 6% is attributed to the Italian automotive industry.

Giancarlo Giorgetti, the Industry Minister of Italy said earlier this week that he will present in the next weeks proposals for incentives to the Italian auto industry.

The unions also urge the government to reach a definitive agreement with Stellantis (the largest automaker in the country) to construct a battery manufacturing plant for the supply of electrified cars in Italy.

Carlos Tavares (CEO Stellantis) stated that last year, the group planned to build one of its European-based battery plants in Termoli. But, a deal has yet not been made with Rome.

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