[국제]European Union “If there is no progress in the IRA talks, make a law and respond”…Is it harder for Korean electric vehicles?

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The European Union has warned that if there is no progress in the negotiations on the US deflation law, which is causing controversy over subsidy discrimination, they will also formulate and respond to the law.

If the European Union takes similar measures, there are concerns that Korea’s electric vehicle position will be further narrowed.

Reporter Lim Soo-geun on the sidewalk.

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US President Joe Biden, who enacted the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) before the US mid-term elections, still promotes this law as his main achievement.

[조 바이든 / 미국 대통령 (지난 18일) : 인플레이션 감축법과 반도체과학법, 국민들이 두 법의 긍정적인 성과를 확인하기 시작해 고무적입니다.]

The European Union, which is negotiating last-minute talks with US authorities so that European electric vehicles can also receive subsidies in the US market, warned it could respond by creating a so-called ‘European priority buying law’ .

The US Inflation Reduction Act is said to be a discriminatory measure that violates the trade agreement, so it is taking countermeasures.

[브뤼노 르메르 / 프랑스 재무장관 : 유럽이 모히칸족처럼 되진 않을 겁니다. 유럽 산업계의 이익을 확고하며 강력하게, 긴급히 방어할 것입니다.]

The EU’s strong response is due to a sense of crisis that investment in electric vehicles in Europe will shrink if left alone.

The American electric vehicle company Tesla has decided to move its battery and equipment manufacturing facilities to the United States, which it planned to install in its factory in Berlin, Germany.

German carmaker Volkswagen also announced plans to expand its operations in the United States, while steelmaker ArcelorMittal announced plans to cut production in Germany and expand investment in Texas steel mills.

Domestic automakers had the third highest share of 11.4% in the European electric vehicle market by the third quarter of this year.

If even the EU takes preferential treatment for domestic products, the position of domestic companies will be further reduced.

The US Inflation Reduction Act enforcement decree is expected by the end of next month.

The United States and the European Union will discuss the issue of an electric vehicle subsidy at the last minute at the Trade Council meeting in Washington on the 5th of next month.

This is YTN Lim Soo-geun.

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