CoRAI - Committee of the Regions - Automotive Intergroup


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CoRAI Automotive Intergroup

is an interregional group of members and alternate members of the European Committee of the Regions providing opportunities to discuss, exchange views and increase expertise on the "Future of the Automotive Industry" in order to promote cooperation between local and regional authorities.

CoRAI  is a platform for informal discussion bringing together members from different parties, committees and member states being interested in future developments of the automotive sector. It was set up and is working successfully since 2009.

The objectives of the interregional group are the following ones:

The Future of the Automotive Industry interregional group of the European Committee of the Regions was created in April 2009. The president of the group is Christopher Drexler (AT/EPP). The group currently has members from 10 Member States: Austria, Germany, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Spain.


The Committee of the Regions' Future of the Automotive Industry interregional group (CoRAI) connects CoR members from automotive regions with industry, clusters and experts of the EU Institutions . The European automotive ecosystem represents 1.8 million companies, at least 16 million people work in the sector. Regions with automotive industry and its suppliers are a fundamental part of this automotive ecosystem in Europe. They play a central role in the transformation that the automotive industry is experiencing due to the digitalisation and greening of transport.

The objectives are the following ones:

  • To facilitate the exchange of views and best practices on a just, fair and successful transformation of regions with automotive industry and its suppliers.

  • To exchange experiences among the territories about different issues concerning the automotive sector and the future of mobility (e.g. automated driving, sustainable transport fuels, skills, industrial policy, infrastructure, development of regions with automotive or supply industries);

  • To establish contacts and exchange views and best practices with the European Institutions and other stakeholders;

  • To foster contacts among automotive and mobility clusters, regions and cities.

Group meetings and activities

Working structure - the CoRAI Focus Group

In order to facilitate direct contacts, manage CoRAI activities and enable members to choose their individual level of involvement for themselves, this intergroup has established a support team, the so-called "CoRAI Focus Group". When joining, intergroup members are requested to nominate a contact person for this support team of mainly Brussels-based experts. The intergroup president has appointed a secretary-general to organise the intergroup activities in close cooperation with the CoRAI Focus Group.

CoRAI meetings are open to automotive regions and stakeholders. Invitations are published on the CoRAI website. Virtual meetings have been recorded and are published on the website established by the CoRAI president. Meeting documents and key messages chosen by the speakers themselves are also available on the website:

CoRAI + ARA - two sides of the same coin

In June 2022 the Automotive Regions Alliance (ARA) was founded on the initiative of the European Committee of the Regions. Since then CoRAI became a member of ARA and is working together closely on a just, fair and successful transformation of the automotive sector.

 Declaration for a just, fair and successful transition (EN)

see download in all other languages below:


Documents and Presentations


 Launch of the Route 35 platform

Commissioner Thierry Breton held a speech on "our priorities for achieving our electrification goals" at the launch of the Route 35 platform - the Automotive Regions (CoRAI + ARA) took part in the discussion! 
Find his full speech  here.


Co-Creation workshop with GD Grow

The EU commission invites members of the CoRAI Focus Group to participate in a co-creation workshop on the future of the mobility ecosystem. One of the three panels was especially dedicated to Automotive Regions' needs.


Leipzig-Conference: First meeting of the Alliance of Automotive Regions

First political meeting of the Automotive Regions Alliance (ARA) - including CoRAI - taking place in Leipzig. EU commissioner Nicolas Schmit listened very carefully to Automotive Regions' needs!

 1st CoRAI Summit on the Future of Autonomous Mobility
 Program >>>
 Exhibition >>>
 Speakers >>>

 CoRAI Meeting 2019 Invitation
 Presentation AVL_Mr Tomaschitz
 Presentation CLEPA_Mrs De Vries

 Presentation BMW Group
 Erik Jonnaert (ACEA) - COR Brexit 6 December_V5
 CoRAI Invitation
 CoRAI Meeting Speakers CVs
 What does Brexit mean for automotive regions?

CoRAI website during former presidency up to July 2018:


Christopher DREXLER - President
Claudia SUPPAN - CoRAI General Secretary 

Steiermark-Office in Brussels
Phone: +32 2 73 20 361

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