Agreement on reduction of CO2 from cars – big step towards resource efficient Europe

30 November 2013, Last updated at, 13:16 EET
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The Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER I) analysed the final compromise text of the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 443/2009 to define the modalities for reaching the 2020 target to reduce CO2 emissions from new passenger cars, and unanimously confirmed final agreement by co-legislators.

According to Minister of Environment of Lithuania Mr. Valentinas Mazuronis, it is our priority to increase the efficiency and sustainability of new passenger cars and reduce the dependency on oil. 

“Ensuring the build-up of alternative fuel infrastructure and production of ultra-low emissions vehicles in the Union could facilitate the work of market forces and contribute to economic growth in Europe,” – says Minister Mazuronis. 

On 14 October, the Environment Council mandated the Lithuanian Presidency together with the Commission and the European Parliament to explore the possibility of finding additional limited flexibility, while maintaining the overall balance of the compromise agreed in June and reach a solution satisfactory to all. 
 
In the last meeting with The European Parliament and the Commission on 26 November  a provisional agreement was reached on the possible elements of limited additional flexibility that could still be included in the text and ensure the fair and equitable treatment of all manufacturers without compromising the overall balance of the compromise package agreed in June.
The Committee authorised the Lithuanian Presidency to send the relevant letter to the Environment Committee of the European Parliament about the first reading agreement. 
 
The Commission by 2015 will submit a report to the European Parliament and to the Council which should include proposals for amending this Regulation with a view to  establishing CO2 emission targets for new passenger cars beyond 2020, including the possible setting of a realistic and achievable target for 2025, based on a comprehensive impact assessment that will consider the continued competitiveness of the car industry and its dependent industries, while maintaining a clear emissions reduction trajectory.
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