Proposal for a Directive amending Directive 1999/62/EC on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures

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Series Details COM (2017) 275
Publication Date 31/05/2017
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Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 31 May 2017, introducing amendments to Directive 1999/62/EC on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures - also known as the Eurovignette Directive.

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Directive 1999/62/EC provides the legal framework for charging heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) for the use of certain roads. The Directive aims to eliminate distortions of competition between transport undertakings by a step-wise harmonisation of vehicle taxes and establishment of fair mechanisms for infrastructure charging. It sets minimum levels of vehicle taxes for HGVs and specifies the modalities of infrastructure charging, including the variation of charges according to the environmental performance of vehicles.

The draft law aims at addressing the shortcomings of the existing Directive, i.e. at a better fulfilment of the legislation's objectives. It aims to simplify certain provisions, by removing the variation of tolls based on Euro emission class and by eliminating cumbersome notification requirements. It is also proposed that buses, passenger cars and vans are included in the scope of the Directive, and that road charges reflect CO2 emissions.

The proposed Directive was put forward on 31 May 2021 as part of the Europe on the Move package, in the framework of the 2015 Energy Union Strategy. The plenary of the European Parliament adopted its negotiating position on 25 October 2018. Following lengthy discussions, the Council of the European Union adopted its general approach in December 2020. An informal agreement between the co-legislators on a compromise text for this draft law was reached on 16 June 2021.

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Commentary and Analysis
EPRS: Briefing, September 2017: Revision of the 'Eurovignette' directive - Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment
Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER): Road charging / Revising the Eurovignette Directive (September 2017)
Transport&Environment: News, 12/11/2018: MEPs challenge governments to approve strong new ‘Eurovignette’
ACEA: Position Paper, November 2019: Road Charging and the Eurovignette Directive
EUSALP: Position Paper, 03/09/2020: Call for Action on the Eurovignette Directive
EPRS: Briefing, March 2021: Revision of the Eurovignette Directive
ACEA: News, 21/04/2021: Eurovignette revision: ACEA urges co-legislators to reach agreement under Portuguese Presidency
CIPRA: Alpine Politics: Focus Transit, 10/06/2021: The Eurovignette Directive offers insufficient protection to the Alps

EurActiv, 17/06/2021: EU Council reaches agreement on road charging

EUR-Lex: SWD(2017)180: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Impact assessment
EUR-Lex: SWD(2017)181: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Executive summary of the impact assessment
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on Charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures (2017/0114(COD))
European Parliament: Legislative Train Schedule: Revision of the Directive 1999/62/EC on charging of heavy-goods vehicles for use of certain infrastructures (Eurovignette Directive)
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 18/12/2020: Road charging reform – Council agrees its stance
EFTA: News, 03/05/2021: EEA EFTA Comment on the Eurovignette Directive
European Parliament: Press Release, 16/06/2021: Eurovignette: provisional deal on new road haulage charging rules
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 16/06/2021: EU road charging rules (Eurovignette) – Presidency reaches informal deal with the Parliament

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