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Parliamentary questions
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10 August 2018
Answer given by Mr Arias Cañete on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003559/2018

In its proposal for new CO2 emissions standards for cars and vans (2017/0293 (COD)), the Commission has proposed to remove the so called niche derogation for manufacturers responsible for between 10 000 and 300 000 new registered cars with effect from 1 January 2025. Those manufacturers should from that year be subject to the EU fleet wide targets for 2025 and 2030. In view of the legal and planning certainty needed by car manufacturers, the proposal does not include any changes to existing derogation regime which will continue to apply until 2024 inclusive.

The proposal maintains the possiblity for small volume manufacturers, i.e. those with between 1000 and 10 000 registrations per year, to apply for a derogations as well as the exemption for those manufacturers with less than 1000 registrations/year.

The impact assessment underlying the proposal considers the effects of the niche derogations on competition as well as on the delivery of the CO2 reductions. It was found that most of the niche manufacturers currently present in the EU are major global manufacturers but with relatively small sales in the EU. This may result in a distortion of the market and may provide new entrants in the EU market with a competitive advantage.

Furthermore, very few of the potentially eligible manufacturers have so far made use of the derogations and most of them have emission levels similar to their fleet-wide target under the non-derogated regime.

Last updated: 10 August 2018Legal notice