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Nov 30, 2021

Large scale training programme unfolds for Hungarian battery industry

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between EIT InnoEnergy and the Hungarian Ministry of Innovation and Technology on 29 November 2021 to reskill and upskill thousands of workers for the Hungarian battery and electro-mobility industries in the coming years.

Hungary, which is the 10th largest exporter of electric batteries in the world and has significant automotive manufacturing capacities, expects to see a surge in the need for trained and skilled professionals in the battery and electromobility sectors. EIT InnoEnergy will help to set up a battery-industry oriented training and education programme in Hungary via creating a framework for collaboration under the EBA Academy model.

The signing of the memorandum was supported by Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President for Institutional Relations and Foresight, European Commission, and leader of the European Battery Alliance. “Hungary was among our battery pioneers and in record time has become a true champion – now among the ten leading exporters of batteries worldwide and the number one manufacturer of battery cells in Europe. Today’s signature of the Memorandum of Understanding is only going to strengthen the position of the Hungarian but also the European battery industry”, said Maroš Šefčovič in the speech given at that occasion.

Earlier in 2021 through the efforts of the Ministry for Innovation and Technology, the Hungarian Government facilitated the establishment of the Hungarian Battery Industry Strategy and the Hungarian Battery Alliance (HUBA), which is a legal entity with industry actors, universities, scientific institutes, and public authorities as members. The objective of the strategy is to strengthen the role of the Hungarian battery industry in the European ecosystem and promote economic development and growth while ensuring the successful green transition of the Hungarian energy and mobility industries. It is explicitly based on the European Action Plan for Batteries and aligned with other initiatives under the framework of the European Green Deal. Under the leadership of the EBA250 team together with the Jedlik Ányos Hungarian E-Mobility Cluster, the strategy was prepared with the input of appointed members from a reference group of key stakeholders from industry, academy, and public sector along the entire battery value chain.

For the full press release in PDF, please follow this link.

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