France's Macron signals electric car subsidy concern on agenda with Harris

Europe Materials 18 February 2023 08:32 (UTC +04:00)

French President Emmanuel Macron signaled on Friday that he would discuss concerns about U.S. electrical vehicle subsidies with Vice President Kamala Harris as they met during the Munich Security Conference, Trend reports citing Reuters.

"We are working hard," on the issue, Macron said before their meeting.

While EU countries welcome the U.S. commitment to energy transition, they fear the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act's (IRA's) $369 billion of subsidies for electric vehicles (EVs) and other clean technologies could put companies based in Europe at a disadvantage.

Harris said they were also going to discuss their commitment to supporting Ukraine against Russia's invasion but offered no comment about the subsidy issue before reporters were ushered out of a meeting between the two leaders.

The bill is a key part of Biden's vision to deal with climate change, reinvigorate American manufacturing and compete with China, but it has rankled allies from Brussels to Seoul.