The transition to electric vehicles jeopardizes more than 70,000 jobs in Italy, trade unions and lobbies

Milan — The transition to electric vehicles will endanger the employment of about 73,000 people in Italy, the metalworkers’ union and lobby group said Thursday to begin discussions on measures to support the automotive industry. Called to.

According to analysts, the Italian automotive sector has a small average size of companies in the country and a large amount of investment required to comply with the European Union’s “Fit-For-55” climate program. Can be hit harder than in the region. 2035.

“This plan could lose about 73,000 jobs in Italy without (governmental) intervention, reaching 63,000 between 2025 and 2030,” said the employer group Federmeccanica and FIM. , FIOM, UILM union is a rare joint statement.

Italy’s car production fell from 1.8 million in 1997 to 700,000 last year, of which less than 500,000 were produced, they said.

“We need to return to production of about 1.5 million units a year,” said Francesca Les David, head of FIOM.

According to data from the Automobile Association ANFIA, the Italian automobile industry directly and indirectly employs 278,000 workers, accounting for about 6% of GDP.

Earlier this week, Industry Minister Giancarlo Giorgetti said he would offer suggestions within the next few weeks for incentives to support the Italian automotive industry.

The union is also calling on the government to reach a final agreement with Stellantis, the country’s largest automaker, to build a battery manufacturing plant to supply electric vehicles in Italy.

Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis, said last year that the group would build one of Europe’s battery factories in Termoli, central Italy, but no deal with Rome has yet been signed.