Rather favourable welcome from MEPs for second 'mobility' package
Brussels, 15/11/2017 (Agence Europe) – On Wednesday 15 November in Strasbourg during a plenary session debate (see EUROPE 11900), a majority of MEPs gave their support to the second “mobility” package presented by the European Commission at the beginning of November. Maroš Šefčovič, the Commissioner for Energy Union and Violeta Bulc, the Commissioner for Transport, made a brief presentation of the five measures in the legislative package. They also called on “MEPs to support the strategic initiative”, which follows the presentation of the first “mobility” package at the end of May (see EUROPE 11799).
MEPs particularly commented on the draft regulation on average post-2020 emission standards for the European fleet of passenger cars and new light utility vehicles, which is by far the most sensitive text.
Wim Van de Camp (EPP, Netherlands) congratulated the Commission for the package but said that it arrived a little too late. He added that the measures presented translate the “good balance” that the MEPs and Council should strive to achieve in the future. His comments were corroborated by the ideas expressed by Ismail Ertug (S&D, Germany), who did not see, “a contradiction between an ecological transport sector and the necessary industrial base”, in a reference to the millions of jobs in the European Union.
Kosma Złotowsky (ECR, Poland), Merja Kyllönen (GUE/NGL, Finland) and Pavel Telička (ALDE, Czech Republic) also welcomed the Commission proposals. The latter highlighted the need to “lock in the level of ambition in effectively” and with which the European Union is seeking to succeed with its goals. Several MEPs said that the Commission goals were realistic.
Nonetheless, these initiatives did not obtain unanimity at the Parliament. Karima Delli (Greens/EFA, France), the Chairperson of the Transport Committee, said that car manufacturers could “sleep peacefully” due to an “under ambitious proposal”. She therefore regretted that the directive on the CO2 emissions only included a 30% reduction for 2030 compared to 2021 levels for cars and vans, despite the fact that some member states were calling for a 40% reduction. She said the same thing applied with “The right to pollute more” when certain thresholds have been attained by manufacturers. This lack of ambition was also identified by Christine Revault d’Allonnes Bonnefoy (S&D, France).
Jill Seymour (EFDD, United Kingdom) said that transport decarbonisation should be done by the member states. Marie-Christine Arnautu (ENF, France), stated that by supporting the development of “further exchanges” between member states, the EU was supporting a system with “a huge environmental and social cost”. (Original version in French by Lucas Tripoteau)
Quelle: Agence Europe am 16.11.2017