The regional government, led by its president María Chivite, is working to prevent the assembly of Volkswagen batteries for electric vehicles from being carried out outside the Navarrese plant. Chivite has announced that the request of the workers that VW Navarra not outsource this process “is a business decision”, but he has assured that his Government “works” so that this process is carried out in Navarra “and generates hundreds of jobs “.
She said this in statements to journalists after speaking as general secretary of the PSN in an act with municipal candidates from her party, where, when asked about the criticism of the leader of the position, Javier Esparza (UPN) about his efforts with VW, Chivite regretted that Esparza “is always playing the worse the better and using the future of the plant as an instrument to attack the government.”
Batteries for electric vehicle
In this regard, he stressed, “first, that the future of the Volkswagen plant is guaranteed because the manufacture of electric vehicles is coming”, something that “is a fact and a reality”, he said to send a message to Javier Esparza: “To the doomsayer, say that his omens are not fulfilled, but those of the Government itself.”
Meanwhile, she recalled that she herself will travel this month together with the president of the Volkswagen plant in Navarra and representatives of the automotive cluster to ask the European Commission for a delay in the application of the Euro7 standard, which will slow down production in 2025 to adapt it to the lower obligatory polluting emission of passenger cars.
“We are going to ask for a relaxation to match this necessary transition towards sustainable mobility with the guarantee of employment”, coinciding at times with the lowest production in VW Navarra due to the preparation of the plant for the manufacture in 2026 of the electric vehicle. “We will ensure that this announced production valley is minimized with a relaxation of Euro 7”, he wished.
Regarding the demand of the workers that the assembly of batteries of the future electric car be carried out in the Navarra factory itself and not charged by an external supplier, Chivite has recognized that this is a “business decision” that compete to the management of the multinational.
In any case, “the Government of Navarra is working to generate the best ecosystem for this battery assembly plant to come to our Community, because we are talking about millions of euros of investment and hundreds of jobs”, has said both if that The work is done by VW as if it were carried out by another company but in Navarra.