Harmonisation of standards for vehicle eco-labels
Question for written answer E-000244/2023
to the Commission
Henna Virkkunen (PPE)
Well-functioning transport connections are a prerequisite for the smooth running of the single market because they directly affect the free movement of persons, goods and services within the EU. The diverging national rules and practices, for instance on environmental requirements for vehicle fleets and access to low-emission zones in cities, create barriers to smooth transport connections within the EU. They also create an administrative burden and additional costs for European small and medium-sized enterprises, especially in the tourism and transport sectors. To ensure the smooth running of the single market, the EU should introduce an EU-wide and standardised eco-label for vehicles.
In 2020, I submitted a written question to the Commission on the same matter. The Commission was of the opinion that improving information for drivers on emission stickers through the Single Digital Gateway Regulation was an important first step in solving the issue. The Commission said that it would consider whether further action should be taken after the evaluation of the 2013 Urban Mobility Package.
- 1.What concrete actions has the Commission taken to solve the issue, for example, has it considered establishing a common EU database on emission stickers?
- 2.What will its next steps be to harmonise eco-label standards?
-  Regulation (EU) 2018/1724 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 2 October 2018 establishing a single digital gateway to provide access to information, to procedures and to assistance and problem-solving services and amending Regulation (EU) No 1024/2012 (OJ L 295, 21.11.2018, p. 1).