The European Commission (EC) has published its second set of legislative proposals from its “Mobility Package”, dubbed the “Clean Mobility Package”, which aim to reduce transport related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improve and safeguard the health of European citizens and promote sustainable economic growth of the European economy.
The first package, “Europe on the Move”, was published in May, earlier this year, and included a wide-range of initiatives aimed at making traffic safer, encouraging smart road charging, reducing CO2 emissions, air pollution and congestion; cut red-tape for businesses; fight illicit employment and ensure proper conditions and rest times for workers.
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This latest package is part of wider political context to make European industry stronger and more competitive. As announced in the Renewed EU Industrial Policy Strategy that was presented in September 2017, the Commission’s ambition is to help our industries stay or become the world leader in innovation, digitisation and decarbonisation.
The Commission’s proposals include:
- Proposal for amending regulations on clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles
- Proposal for amending regulations on common rules for transport of goods between Member States
- Proposal for amending regulations on access to the international market for coach and bus services
The EC believes the proposals from this package will bring a number of societal benefits including:
- Emissions reduction from the transport sector
- Higher employment thanks to investments in new, innovative and clean mobility
- Savings (net savings for an ‘average new car’ bought in 2025 are expected to be up to about €600 and up to about €1500 when bought in 2030 considering a lifetime of 15 years)
- Improvement of mobility services for citizens
- Cleaner environment
To support this transition, the EC has outlined a number of measures including:
- The implementation of a European Directive that requires Member States to provide a minimum infrastructure for alternative fuels and an Action Plan for the implementation of refuelling stations across Europe for the new vehicles
- Setting new CO2 standards for cars and vans
- Addressing skill gaps and mismatches among Member States by fostering an adjustment of the transition to low emission mobility
These proposals will now be sent to the co-legislators at the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.
More information about the list of the Commission’s proposals is available here.