Directive (EU) 2019/1161 amending Directive 2009/33/EC on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles

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Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 which aims to increase the market uptake of clean (i.e. low- and zero-emission) vehicles in public procurement.

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Directive 2009/33/EC on the promotion of clean, energy-efficient road vehicles, known as the Clean Vehicles Directive, complements the EU’s horizontal public procurement legislation. Following an assessment showing that the Directive had yielded limited results, the European Commission proposed to revise the Directive, thus contributing to the reduction of overall transport emissions and to competitiveness and growth in the transport sector. The proposal provided a definition for clean light-duty vehicles based on a combined CO2 and air-pollutant emissions threshold; for heavy-duty vehicles, it gave a definition based on alternative fuels.

The Commission presented the proposal on 8 November 2017 as part of a package of measures aimed at promoting clean mobility. The European Parliament adopted its negotiating position on 25 October 2018, and the Council of the European Union adopted its general approach on 25 January 2019. An informal agreement between the co-legislators on a compromise text was reached 11 February. The Parliament formally endorsed it on 18 April, followed by the Council on 13 June.

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EPRS: Briefing, March 2018: Clean Vehicles Directive [Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment]
ACEA: Position Paper, 24/04/2018: Review of the Clean Vehicles Directive
EurActiv, 06/06/2018: Why construction machinery must be included in the Clean Vehicles Directive
CECE: Statement, 11/10/2018: Construction machinery will not be in the scope of the Clean Vehicles Directive
EPP: News, 25/10/2018: We need clean, energy-efficient buses in the public sector
EurActiv, 10/01/2019: EU needs clean vehicle procurement rules to boost e-mobility in cities
EPRS: Briefing, April 2019: Review of the Clean Vehicles Directive [EU Legislation in Progress]
NGVA Europe: Press Release, 18/04/2019: Clean Vehicles Directive revision adopted in European Parliament

EurActiv, 12/02/2019: Europe agrees sales targets for ‘clean’ buses in cities

EUR-Lex: COM(2017)653: Proposal for a Directive amending Directive 2009/33/EC on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles
EUR-Lex: SWD(2017)366: Impact assessment
EUR-Lex: SWD(2017)367: Executive summary of the impact assessment
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Promotion of clean road transport vehicles in support of low-emission mobility
European Parliament: Legislative Train: Review of the Clean Vehicles Directive
European Commission: Mobility and Transport: Clean Vehicles Directive
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 25/01/2019: Stimulating the market for clean vehicles: Council ready to start talks with Parliament
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 13/06/2019: EU boosts market for clean vehicles with binding procurement targets

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