Commission requests 10 Member States to comply with green vehicle procurement rules
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Brussels, 16 June 2011
The European Commission has requested Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden and the United Kingdom to implement a Directive on promoting clean and energy-efficient vehicles, in accordance with their obligations under European Union law.
The deadline for implementation of the Directive was 4 December 2010. The request takes the form of a reasoned opinion under EU infringement procedures. If the Member States fail to inform the Commission within two months of measures taken to ensure compliance with EU law in this respect, the Commission could refer the cases to the EU Court of Justice.
Directive 2009/33 requires the public sector to use its purchasing power to promote clean and energy-efficient vehicles. Failling to implement it appropriately means that public authorities and transport operators in the Member States concerned may not be obliged to purchase of clean and energy-efficient vehicles. This could slow down improvements in the energy and environmental performance of the road vehicle fleet within the EU.
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