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European Battery Alliance aims to strengthen the sector by promoting skills and raw material production

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
Publication date 11.3.2021 10.00
Press release

Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä has been invited to the fifth meeting of the European Battery Alliance on Friday 12 March 2021. Commissioners Maroš Šefčovič and Thierry Breton have convened this high-level meeting, which will be organised virtually.

The meeting will focus on the objectives of the European Battery Alliance and, in particular, the development of the expertise required by the battery ecosystem and the promotion of the production of battery raw materials in the EU. 

EU aims for strong European battery industry 

It is the EU’s objective to build a sustainable, innovative and competitive battery business network in Europe. At the end of 2017, the Commission launched the European Battery Alliance and adopted a Strategic Action Plan for Batteries in May 2018.

Finland is also striving for a leading role in the battery sector. The new National Battery Strategy presents the means by which Finland will become a competitive, competent and sustainable player in the international battery industry. 

“Competition in the battery sector is fierce, but Finland is well placed to succeed in international competition because of its high level of expertise, responsible production and processing of battery raw materials and circular economy solutions. The recent good news about the investments in the battery sector, for example, the upcoming large recruitments at the car factory in Uusikaupunki show that we are on the right track in our battery strategy, which is supported by European cooperation,” Lintilä said. 

Additional information:

Nina Alatalo, Adviser to the Minister of Economic Affairs (EU and International Affairs), Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 29 504 7171
Jyrki Alkio, Chief Specialist, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 29 504 7103

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