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European Chamber Stance on the Liberalisation of Ownership Restrictions in the Automotive Sector

On 27th December 2021, the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Commerce jointly released the Special Administrative Measures for Foreign Investment Access (Negative List) (2021 Edition) and the Special Administrative Measures for Foreign Investment Access in Pilot Free Trade Zones (Negative List) (2021 Edition). The European Chamber welcomes the updates contained in the two negative lists which came into effect on 1st January 2022, lifting ownership restrictions for manufacturers of passenger vehicles.

Following the removal of ownership restrictions and the restrictions on the number of joint ventures foreign entities can enter into, foreign automotive manufacturers will now be able to work with their Chinese partners to formulate appropriate investment and development strategies, integrate global resources and enhance the efficiency of their operations. This will increase European manufacturers’ confidence in the long-term development of China’s automotive industry, and provide them with the scope to develop more flexible and effective development strategies.

The European Chamber looks forwarding to seeing the smooth implementation of these changes and will continue to work closely with the members of its Automotive Working Group to monitor the progress made.

“The European Chamber urges China to continue to build on this momentum and ensure that Chinese and foreign automobile companies can compete on a more level playing field in line with international rules,” said Zhang Hongzhuo, chair of the European Chamber’s Automotive Working Group. “This would aid the long-term development of China’s automotive industry by facilitating further foreign investment in the sector and promoting technological innovation.”

 

中国欧盟商会关于取消汽车行业所有权限制的立场

2021年12月27日,国家发展和改革委员会与商务部联合发布了 《外商投资准入特别管理措施(负面清单)(2021年版)》和《自由贸易试验区外商投资准入特别管理措施(负面清单)(2021年版)》。两个负面清单均从2022年1月1日起取消了乘用车生产的股比限制,中国欧盟商会对此表示热烈欢迎。

随着汽车产业股比限制与设立合资企业个数限制的取消,外资汽车企业可以与中方合作伙伴一起制定适当的在华投资发展战略,进一步整合全球资源并提升企业在华运营效率。同时,取消股比限制的政策也增强了欧洲生产企业对中国汽车产业长期向好发展的信心,为他们未来制定更加灵活高效的在华发展战略提供了空间。

中国欧盟商会期待看到这些变化的顺利实施,并将继续与欧盟商会汽车工作组的成员密切合作,关注相关工作取得的进展。

“中国欧盟商会希望中国继续保持这一势头,并确保中国和外国汽车公司能够按照国际规则在更公平的环境中竞争,”汽车工作组主席张宏卓说,“政策的改变为外资企业在该领域加大投资提供便利,促进整个行业的技术创新,这一切都将有力支撑中国汽车行业的长期发展。”

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