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Driven by the future: Strategic Dialogue for the Automotive Sector in Baden-Württemberg

Symposium - 17 November 2022 - State Representation in Brussels


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The event is already fully booked. Participation is only possible virtually. Please register using the registration form below.

The effects of the war in Ukraine are currently exacerbating the situation within the local automotive sector. Even prior to this conflict, the transition to eco-friendly digitalised mobility and the emergence of new competitors meant that the sector was already experiencing the greatest challenges in its history. The success of this structural shift will shape the economic future of many European regions.

Almost 500,000 jobs in Baden-Württemberg are affected by the transition - not only at major automotive manufacturers, but also at small and medium enterprises focusing on supply or trade and at workshops. The State Government of Baden-Württemberg responded back in 2017 by launching the Strategic Dialogue for the Automotive Sector in Baden-Württemberg (SDA), aimed at providing guidance in relation to this vast transition process facing a crucial branch of industry for our state. The SDA brings together stakeholders from the world of politics, the economy, academia, workers’ organisations, environmental groups and civil society to tackle the varied and complex challenges resulting from climate goals, technological innovations and social changes. Numerous SDA projects aid the research, development and scaling of important future technologies as well as the expansion of necessary infrastructure.

Yet the transition of the automotive sector has an impact extending far beyond Baden-Württemberg. Other European regions are of course highly active in this field and are all tasked with successfully mastering this process of change. Through open exchange, collaboration and shared alliances, we can learn from one another - and through dialogue with representatives from the EU institutions, we can communicate our regional experiences and concerns. This ensures our active contribution to the achievement of a fair and effective transition: after all, the framework conditions for successful change are being established on a European level.

With this in mind, the Strategic Dialogue for the Automotive Sector in Baden-Württemberg is coming to Brussels. Our SDA symposium will shed light on a number of important topics surrounding the transition and feature discussions with experts, decision-makers and the wider public.

I cordially invite you to the SDA symposium in Brussels on 17 November 2022 and look forward to seeing you there!


Portrait von Ministerpräsident Winfried Kretschmann im Sitzen.
Winfried Kretschmann, Member of the State Parliament, Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg
Image: State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg
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