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Motor vehicles: New approval and market surveillance rules [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Didier Bourguignon (7th edition),

Updated on 05.07.2018

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The automotive industry is a major player in the European economy, accounting for 6.4% of gross domestic product and 2.3 million jobs in the European Union (EU).

In September 2015, the Volkswagen (VW) case highlighted weaknesses in the implementation of type-approval rules for motor vehicles in the European Union, in particular as regards standards on emissions of air pollutants and carbon dioxide.

In 2016, as part of preparations from previous years but also in response to the VW case, the European Commission proposed strengthening the type-approval system for motor vehicles. Its goal is to ensure effective enforcement of rules (including through market surveillance), to strengthen the quality and independence of technical tests and to introduce EU oversight on the type-approval process.

After completion of the legislative procedure, the final act was signed on 30 May 2018. The regulation will apply from 1 September 2020.

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Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles
Committee responsible: Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)

COM(2016) 31
of 27.01.2016

procedure ref.:


Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Rapporteur: Daniel Dalton (ECR, United Kingdom)
Shadow rapporteurs:




Ivan Štefanec (EPP, Slovakia)
Christel Schaldemose (S&D, Denmark)
Dita Charanzová (ALDE, Czech Republic)
Dennis de Jong (GUE/NGL, The Netherlands)
Pascal Durand (Greens/EFA, France)
Marco Zullo (EFDD, Italy)
Mylène Troszczynski (ENF, France)
Procedure completed. Regulation (EU) 2018/858
OJ L 151, 14.6.2018, p. 1–218


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