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EU Ministers Modify Proposed Vehicle Emission Rules Amidst Industry Concerns

EU Ministers Modify Proposed Vehicle Emission Rules Amidst I

European Union flags fly outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium Sept. 19, 2019. (Reuters Photo)

In a recent development, European Union (EU) ministers on Monday made adjustments to the proposed European Commission regulations concerning vehicle emissions.

The Euro 7 Proposal and Industry Concerns

The European Commission's "Euro 7" proposal aimed to establish new standards for particle emissions, particularly from vehicle brakes and tyres.

However, Italy, the Czech Republic, France, and five other EU member states expressed reservations about the stringent limits on pollutants, such as nitrous oxides, in traditional combustion engines.

They feared that these limits could potentially redirect development efforts and investments away from electric cars.

Spain, currently holding the rotating EU presidency, played a pivotal role in finding a middle ground. Spain's compromise text received approval from the Council of the European Union, which consists of EU ministers.

This marks an important step, but further negotiations are needed for a final agreement on the new regulations.

Balancing Investment and Environmental Benefits

Spain's Héctor Gómez Hernández, acting minister for industry, trade, and tourism, emphasized the broad support and balance achieved with the proposal. He stated, "We believe that, with this proposal, we achieved broad support, a balance in the investment costs of the manufacturing brands, and we improve the environmental benefits derived from this regulation."

The EU member states have decided not to alter the existing "Euro 6" test conditions and emissions limits for cars and vans, although they will be adjusted downward for buses and heavy vehicles. Additionally, new limits for particle emissions from brakes and tyres have been accepted.

Italian Industry Minister Adolfo Urso also welcomed the agreement, highlighting its significance for small-volume manufacturers and the high-end segment of Italian car production, including renowned brands like Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Maserati.

Urso stated, "The new regulation, at Italian request, makes it possible to safeguard the automotive supply chain of small-volume manufacturers, the high range typical of Italian production."

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