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EXCITING: European Commission's EURO 7 Proposal Revised for Broader Acceptance

EXCITING: European Commission's EURO 7 Proposal Revised for Broader Acceptance
photo: Czech Ministry of Transport/European Commission's EURO 7 Proposal Revised for Broader Acceptance
02 / 10 / 2023

The new EURO 7 emission standard proposal will be considerably more lenient than initially anticipated. This decision was reached by the ministers during the Council for Competitiveness meeting in Brussels.

The revised compromise proposal successfully incorporates all primary demands of the Czech Republic and a coalition of nations advocating for amendments to the original proposal by the European Commission. The emission limits for exhaust gases will maintain the existing EURO 6 standard thresholds, inclusive of test conditions. The implementation timeline will be extended, and the vehicle emission monitoring system will see substantial modifications.

"This is a tremendous achievement in the Czech negotiations within the European Union. We significantly altered pivotal EU legislation. By collaborating with other states, European industry stakeholders, and consumers, we negotiated a standard version that won't jeopardize the European automotive industry's competitiveness or restrict the European public's access to passenger vehicles," stated Transport Minister Martin Kupka, who steered the Czech discussions on modifying the standard.

Compared to the European Commission's proposal from the previous year, the Czech-led coalition successfully secured the following primary adjustments to the regulation:

  • The emission thresholds for exhaust gases will stay consistent with the existing EURO 6 standard, including testing parameters.
  • The standard's activation dates were deferred, consistent with the Czech Republic's ongoing recommendations. The enforcement period is now 30 months post-regulation for new M1 and N1 vehicle types and 42 months for all registrations. For M2, M3, N2, N3, and O3, O4 categories, the timeframe is 48 months post-regulation for new models and 60 months for all registrations, providing manufacturers ample time to adapt.
  • The on-board emission measurement system, OBM (On-Board Monitoring), saw significant alterations, ensuring no compromise on traffic safety.
  • The proposal better aligns with the existing draft regulation concerning CO2 limits for heavy-duty vehicles.
  • The regulation now also covers brake and tire emissions, factors detrimental to human health.

Minister Kupka elaborated, "We addressed the majority of contentious issues highlighted since the proposal's introduction. The new emission standard won't imperil the market for compact, affordable cars, nor will it divert essential resources from the European automotive industry's shift towards low-emission mobility. The proposal now incorporates proven measures, like brake emission monitoring, to reduce transport's environmental impact."

Ever since the initial emission standard draft's release, the Czech government has championed its relaxation. Under Minister Kupka's leadership, a coalition of nations with similar viewpoints emerged. In early June, countries including the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Poland submitted a joint position paper, advocating alterations to the EURO 7 proposal.

"Progressive negotiations allowed us to gain support from other nations, effectively thwarting the original Commission's proposal. Today's approved proposal resonates with the Czech Republic's requirements, attesting to our strategy's and measures' initial sound rationale," emphasized the Minister. He further acknowledged the success of in-depth collaborations with supportive countries, the Czech Ministry of Transport team, and the Czech Republic's Permanent Representation in Brussels.

However, the legislative process for the EURO 7 proposal isn't concluding today. In November, the European Parliament plenary is slated to finalize its stance on the proposal. The proposal's rapporteur in the European Parliament is Czech MEP Alexandr Vondra. Following this, the hunt for a definitive compromise will commence in the so-called trialogue, with aspirations to reach an agreement on the concluding text by 2024.

Source: Czech Ministry of Transport