Proposal for a Directive amending Directive 2009/33/EU on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles

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Series Details COM (2017) 653
Publication Date 08/11/2017
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Legislative proposal which aims to increase the market uptake of clean, i.e. low- and zero-emission vehicles, in public procurement and hence to contribute to reduce overall transport emissions, and to competitiveness and growth in the transport sector. It revises Directive 2009/33/EC on the promotion of clean, energy-efficient road vehicles.

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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. The European Commission adopted on 8 November 2017 a proposal for the revision of this Directive, following an assessment showing that the Directive had yielded limited results. The proposal provides a definition for clean light-duty vehicles based on a combined CO2 and air-pollutant emissions threshold; for heavy-duty vehicles, it gives a definition based on alternative fuels. This draft law was put forward as part of a package of measures aimed at promoting clean mobility.

The European Commission put forward this proposal on 8 November 2017. 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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Commentary and Analysis
EPRS: Briefing, March 2018: 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
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: SWD(2017)366 - Impact Assessment accompanying the Proposal
EUR-Lex: SWD(2017)367 - Executive Summary of the Impact Assessment accompanying the Proposal
European Commission: Clean Vehicles Directive
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Promotion of clean road transport vehicles in support of low-emission mobility
EP: Legislative Train: Review of the 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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