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Parliamentary questions
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31 January 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Jörgen Warborn
 Subject: Rapid electrification of the vehicle fleet

Europe urgently needs to update the regulatory frameworks governing the consumption of, and infrastructure for, alternative fuels. The transformation of the transport sector is Europe’s second most important climate challenge after the transformation of the energy sector The seriousness of the climate issue requires urgent, well-considered and resolute political action. It flies in the face of this that the review of the EU Directive on alternative fuels and their infrastructure is now being postponed. European industry is in the starting blocks, just waiting for the signal to make the investment required for the development and production of new vehicles. Unfortunately, law-makers are lagging behind. The EU must catch up by adopting fresh, modern legislation, and both the EU and its Member States need to launch investment to make possible a comprehensive, seamless and user-friendly charging infrastructure system. Postponing that process will only waste time in the fight to combat climate change and promote competitiveness, and will mean missed opportunities for Europe to become the world leader.

In the light of the foregoing:

What will the Commission do to secure the adoption of an updated directive on alternative fuels and their infrastructure as quickly as possible?

What funding will the Commission reallocate to support the development of a European charging infrastructure system? 

Original language of question: SV
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