EU and US officials are holding talks to discuss how to make European electric vehicle manufacturers equal status with US companies in the US market.
This is to avoid discrimination due to the US Inflation Reduction Act. The European Union complains that while it provides tax breaks or government subsidies for purchases of US electric cars such as Tesla, the United States makes such support dependent on certain cars, or parts thereof, made in the United States.
“That would not have been possible without non-discriminatory EU subsidies, while EU electric cars don’t get similar subsidies in the US, which is discrimination we want to address,” Dombrovskis said.
EU car manufacturers, such as Volkswagen, are affected by US laws that cover a number of other products.
“There is a willingness to get involved on the US side in this,” Dombrovskis said ahead of meetings on the matter with US Trade Representative Katherine Tai, US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Thursday and Friday.
“We hope we can resolve this issue before it becomes a dispute,” he said. He also added that talks would focus on whether changes to the status of EU companies could be carried out through implementing US legislation, rather than having to send overall Inflation Reductions.