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"First of all, I would like to extend my congratulations to the Rapporteur for the work done on this report. I consider this to be an extremely important debate. The European Union can have the most dynamic knowledge-based economy only if it invests enough in research and especially if the results can be integrated into industrial production. Climate change is one of the major challenges of the century. In major urban areas, traffic and pollution constitute a problem for 66% of European citizens, and 70% of the citizens expect the Union to show active involvement in dealing with these problems. The automotive industry should be capable of delivering less polluting products; however, the industry needs support in its research activities and it is especially important that any constraint should take into account the time required to develop new types of cars, from concept to design, manufacturing, testing and marketing. We should also take into consideration market demand and in particular the citizens’ buying power. In this context, I believe that Member States should be encouraged to devise tax incentives for end-users, so as to encourage them to invest in greener cars. Such a system was introduced in Romania as early as 2003, with very good results. The development of the European automotive industry will lead to the preservation and creation of a significant number of jobs."@en1

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