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The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) has released a press statement on the reform of the system for approving cars before they go on sale.
On 7 December, the European Parliament, Member States and Commission reached an agreement to reform of the system for approving cars before they go on sale and checking them when on the market.
According to BEUC, the agreement does not fully solve the issues with CO2 emissions of cars, but it represents progress compared to the current, flawed system.
Monique Goyens, BEUC Director-General, commented:
“We are content that the EU has set minimum targets for checking cars when they are in use, especially considering national inaction in this area. More European oversight of national authorities should also help to eliminate conflicts of interest that might exist in the EU’s Member States.”
“But the EU can still do more for consumers. A void is the lack of a test for real-world CO2 emissions. This is much-needed as the gap between laboratory and real-world simulations of CO2 emissions stands at over 40%. Such a situation cannot be allowed to continue, which is why we urge policy-makers to resolve it immediately.”