(6 Feb 2009) SHOTLIST
Rome, Italy - 6 February 2009
1. Wide exterior of Italian Prime Minister's office, Palazzo Chigi
2. Italian and EU flag outside building
3. Wide of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and other ministers at news conference
4. SOUNDBITE: (Italian) Silvio Berlusconi, Italian Prime Minister:
"This means incentives for those who buy new non-polluting cars, and scrap the old vehicle. Then the minister will explain these incentives further. Incentives for those who buy innovative cars with very low emissions, methane, GPL (Liquid Petroleum Gas, or LPG), hybrid cars, electrical cars, even without scrapping the old cars. Incentives also to transform gasoline cars into GPL cars, incentives for those who buy new motorbikes scrapping the old ones, incentives to make less polluting buses in the cities, fiscal discounts for buying furniture and domestic appliances."
5. Mid of ministers at presser, (from the left) Economic Development Minister Claudio Scaiola, Berlusconi, Economy Minister Giulio Tremonti, and Environment Minister Stefania Prestigiacomo
6. Wide of car lot for 'Leonori' car dealer selling various car brands and used cars
7. Mid of cars for sale at 'Leonori' car dealership
8. Mid of cars of various brands in lot
9. Close-up of Fiat car logo on car
10. Placard reading: (Italian) "Super discount"
11. SOUNDBITE (Italian) Stefano Leonori, car dealer:
"Yes, obviously there is no doubt that an incentive can help, also because it is planned for those drivers who have Euro 0, Euro 1, and Euro 2 cars, in terms of pollution categories, that means cars which are at least ten years old. So, it means taking away rather polluting cars from the market."
12. Wide of cars for sale
Brussels, Belgium - 6 February 2009
13. Wide exterior of European Commission
14. Close-up of EU flags
15. Set up of Ton van Lierop, European Commission Spokesman for Industry
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Ton van Lierop, European Commission Spokesman for Industry
"We think these bonuses will be good news for the car industry because new cars will be built and brought on the road. They will be good news for consumers who will get more fuel-efficient cars, lower fuel bills and cars which they can use for the long term. And it will be good news for the environment as well. So, we think these bonuses can be very, very beneficial and good for the car industry."
17. Cutaway of hands
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Ton van Lierop, European Commission Spokesman for Industry
"Well, there's more and more member states who are thinking about of these bonuses. We think it's a good scheme, which can be beneficial. We just want to see how they best do it and in a coordinated way, we'd like to assist the member states in this. In the long term it is up to a member state itself to decide if they want to have such a scheme or not but there's more and more member states who are thinking of this."
Berlin, Germany - 30 January 2009
19. Cars at scrap yard
20. Old car being moved by fork lift
21. Car being pushed into car press
22. Various of car being crushed
23. Wide of another car being moved by fork lift
The Italian government on Friday approved 1,500 euro (1,900 US dollar) payments to new car buyers who trade in older, polluting models, becoming the latest nation to try to boost the auto industry hard hit by the global economic slowdown.
Automaking is one of Italy's most important sectors, and the Fiat Group SpA, Italy's leading automaker, is also the country's biggest employer and industrial concern.
Italy has seen new car registrations plummet by a third in January, compared to a year earlier.
Like other European automakers, Fiat has enacted a series of temporary layoffs to cope with the crisis.
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