Euro 7, green light from the European Council: “maintain the limits of Euro 6”

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The European Council has adopted its position on the proposal put forward by the European Commission on Euro 7. In particular, the Consiglio highlights that its orientation is the result of a balance between stringent requirements for vehicle emissions and additional investments for the industry, at a time when European car manufacturers are undergoing a transformation towards the production of zero-emission cars .

As we know, a few days ago the rumor emerged that the member countries were looking for a compromise on the rules. Therefore, confirmation arrives that the work carried out by Spain has been successful and has been achieved. reached an agreement on the less necessary rules to avoid that the Euro 7 regulation could have serious repercussions on the automotive sector of the European Union. Héctor Gómez Hernández, Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, explains:

Europe is known worldwide for producing high-quality, low-emission automobiles. We want to continue pursuing the objective of improving the quality of our products. of the air. Our position is that of continuing the path aimed at guiding mobility of the future and to adopt realistic emission levels for vehicles in the next decade, while helping our industry to make the definitive leap towards clean cars in 2035. The Spanish Presidency has proved sensitive to the different needs and requests of Member States and we believe that, with this proposal, we have achieved broad support, a balance in the investment costs of production brands and we improve the environmental benefits resulting from the regulation.

THE COUNCIL'S POSITION

Therefore, the European Council proposes to maintain the existing test conditions and emission limits (as established in the Euro 6 regulation) for M1 and N1 vehicles (private cars and vans).

The Council text strengthens the alignment of limits on brake particle emissions and tire abrasion rate with international standards adopted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

Furthermore, clear deadlines are established for the adoption of implementing acts (by the Commission) in order to provide economic operators with clarity and legal certainty. The text also provides for the use of advanced technologies and emissions monitoring systems. Finally, the new regulation also includes further provisions for other categories of vehicles. The process for the approval of Euro 7, however, certainly does not end here.

In fact, the agreed general orientation formalizes the Council's negotiating position. It therefore provides the Presidency of the Council with a mandate for negotiations with the European Parliament, which will begin as soon as the Parliament adopts his position.

ITALY SATISFIED

Satisfaction on the part of the Italian Government with the position taken by the European Council. The Deputy Minister for the Environment and Energy Security Vannia Gava, commented:

On Euro 7 the EU Council's negotiating position is a success of the Italian government which works to protect the environment but also of businesses and families. A concrete step towards the realistic and sustainable green transition, which overcomes the fundamentalisms of the left. An important element is that for private vehicles and vans the current emission limits and conditions for carrying out the tests required by Euro 6 remain, so as requested by Italy. The provisions regarding the emission limits for brakes and microplastics in tires are also good. A neutrality approach technology that we will continue to reiterate in every location, because every evaluation and comparison must be made over the entire life cycle of the car and the entire supply chain.

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