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Parliamentary questions
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30 January 2019
Question for written answer P-000497-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Rosa Estaràs Ferragut (PPE)

 Subject:  Vehicle ban in the Balearics
 Answer in writing 

The Parliament of the Balearic Islands is in the process of finalising a bill tabled by the Balearic Islands Government on climate change and energy transition. The bill is expected to become law before May.

Under the new law, as of 2025, cars and motorbikes that run on diesel will be banned from the Balearics’ roads, and, as of 2035, all motorbikes, cars and vans that are not free of emissions will also be banned.

This ban may well be in contravention of: Directive 2007/46/EC, which stipulates that Member States are not to prohibit, restrict or impede the registration, sale, entry into service or circulation of vehicles that satisfy the relevant requirements; Directive (EU) 2015/1535, under which the Commission must be notified, at least three months in advance, of any draft technical regulation (such as the ban in question) — this requirement has not been met; and the TFEU, because it affects the functioning of the market, as well as the free movement of persons and goods.

1. What is the Commission’s position on this ban?

2. What steps has the Commission taken in response to the complaint from Spain’s national vehicle manufacturing association that there has been a failure to comply with EC law in this case?

3. Is the Commission going to take any precautionary measures with regard to the ban in question?

Original language of question: ES 
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