MOTOR VEHICLES: EMISSIONS & ACCESS
TO REPAIR INFORMATION (5163/06)
Letter from the Chairman to Stephen Ladyman
MP, Minister of State for Transport, Department for Transport
Sub-Committee B considered this document and
your Explanatory Memorandum at its meeting on 6 February 2006
and agreed to maintain the scrutiny reserve, pending receipt and
examination of the Regulatory Impact Assessment that you mentioned.
We would also be grateful if you could inform
us of any significant updates in the progress of negotiations
on the Directive in the coming year.
In paragraph 13 of your Explanatory Memorandum
you state that you are satisfied that this issue cannot be dealt
with by Member States. However, your Explanatory Memorandum makes
no comment on the proportionality of this Proposal. We would be
grateful for your views on that matter too.
We noted that the Government is carrying out
its own assessment of the costs and benefits of this Proposal.
Will this be made available to the Committee well in advance of
the June Council at which the Austrian Presidency aims to secure
9 February 2006
Letter from the Chairman to Stephen Ladyman
Sub-Committee B considered this document (5163/06),
and your Explanatory Memorandum, at its meeting on 26 June 2006.
We note that the Government still appear to
have concerns over the inclusion of the article on fiscal incentives.
We would be grateful to you for any updates on the progress of
this proposal through the European Parliament. We note that in
your previous EM, submitted in January, you expected the Austrian
Presidency to seek agreement on the proposal in the June Environment
Council. Can you give us an explanation for why this was not the
28 June 2006
Letter from Stephen Ladyman MP to the
Thank you for your letter of 28 June 2006 informing
me that Sub-Commitee B had considered the above documents and
my Explanatory Memorandum at its meeting on 26 June.
I confirm that we are continuing to oppose the
inclusion of fiscal incentives in this proposal in negotiations.
Should it prove impossible to secure the deletion of these provisions
then we would not vote against an otherwise satisfactory compromise
package. However, as on previous occasions, we would enter a minutes
statement to record our opposition to the inclusion of fiscal
As regards the general progress of the proposal,
the Austrian Presidency deferred consideration by Council until
the autumn due to delays in the European Parliament's consideration
of the proposal. The Finnish Presidency remains hopeful that a
First Reading agreement can be reached with the Parliament before
the end of the year. The Parliament's Environment Committee recently
considered the Rappoteur's draft reportwhich indicated
broad support for Euro 5 and for the inclusion of a Euro 6 stagebut
a substantial number of additional amendments have been tabled
by its members and their vote has been deferred until 14 September
Discussions in Council working groups have been
continuing with broad support for the "Euro 5" proposal
and also for the inclusion of a Euro 6 along the lines indicated
in the Department's SEM. However a few of the larger Member States
and the Commission's DG Enterprise (who are responsible for this
proposal) do not yet support adoption of Euro 6 in this negotiation,
preferring this to be dealt with later by a separate proposal.
This would inevitably delay Euro 6 implementation and hence the
air quality and health benefits it delivers. It would also reduce
the notice given to industry of the standards, thus compromising
product development planning. Should the Commission maintain its
opposition a unanimous vote in favour by Member States would be
required to secure the Euro 6 stage. The Presidency is therefore
pressing the Commission to adopt Euro 6 within the current proposal.
However I would expect that once the views of the Parliament are
known the Commission and those Member States currently opposed
to Euro 6 will indicate whether they have any flexibility over
It is possible therefore that Member States
will be in a position to reach agreement at the next Environmental
Council on 23 October 2006. However, given that the position of
most Member States in relation to the large number of amendments
tabled by the Parliament remains uncertain, there is a significant
risk that an agreement with the Parliament could take several
8 August 2006