Vice-President Katainen’s opening statement at the plenary debate on “Dieselgate”, on 13 September 2017 in Strasbourg

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Press Release: Dieselgate: Recall of ALL non-compliant cars should be mandatory and respect clear deadline, say S&Ds

Socialists and Democrats want to close the never-ending story of Dieselgate – successfully and with greater vigilance. At the plenary debate held today in the European Parliament they urged the Commission and the EU member states to implement the recommendations of the parliamentary inquiry committee into emission measurements in the automotive sector (EMIS). Full article…

Press Release: Greens/EFA group puts pressure on Commission to take action

The European Commission needs to stop dragging its heels on Dieselgate, according to Greens/EFA MEP, Bas Eickhout. The Greens/EFA group has chosen Dieselgate as the subject of its first Topical Debate slot, which will take place at 3pm today (watch here). Full article…

Press Release: Mergers – Commission clears acquisition over a new joint venture between SAIC Motor Corporation and Infineon Technologies

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of joint control over the newly created Chinese joint venture SAIC Infineon Automotive Power Modules (Shanghai) Co, by Infineon Technologies AG (“Infineon”) of Germany and SAIC Motor Corporation Ltd (“SAIC”) of China. The joint venture will be established in China and produce and sell automotive frame-based insulated-gate bipolar transistor power modules (power semiconductors) for hybrid and fully electric vehicles in China. Infineon is active in the power semiconductor business. SAIC is a car producer. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns given that the joint venture is not active in the European Economic Area. The transaction was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission’s competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.8513.  (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Sarantopoulou – Tel.: +32 229 13740)

Source: European Commission

Press Release: Next-generation electric motor hits the road

Is it possible to produce electric cars on a very large scale? At the moment, this can depend on costly materials that must be imported. More specifically, this concern relates to the rare earth magnets on which their motors tend to rely. EU-funded researchers have developed promising technology that works without them. Full article…

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI & ITRE Joint Committee Meeting – Governance of the Energy Union (11 September 2017)

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Stakeholder Press Release: Global energy players highlight common views on the energy efficiency potential in buildings and transport sector

12 September 2017, Strasbourg, European Parliament: Today senior business representatives from Italian multinational energy supplier ENEL and the European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE) – a cross-sectorial organization of companies providing energy efficient technologies and services – presented to Member of the European Parliament (MEPs) their “Common Views” on energy efficiency. They outlined that buildings and transport have the highest cost-effective energy savings potential in the EU, respectively 61% and 41%. Full article…

Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (13 September 2017)

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Agenda: Working Party on Energy (14 September 2017)

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Briefing: Climate and Energy policies in Poland

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UPDATED – Report: EP ENVI Committee on the inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry into the 2030 climate and energy framework (LULUCF)

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Event: Webinar – Complex Systems and Social Practices in Energy Transitions (28 September 2017)

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Complex Systems and Social Practices in Energy Transitions

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Written Answer to a Question: Cleaner buses, coaches and lorries

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UDATED – Merger Case: M.8102 VALEO / FTE GROUP

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Covenant of Mayors: key criteria for adaptation to climate change in local plans

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Written Answer to a Question: TEN-T: Conditions regarding environmental remediation measures

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Agenda: Working Party on the Environment (11 & 12 September 2017)

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Final Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (11 – 14 September 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP PETI Committee – Vote on the Promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (7 September 2017)

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Meeting Action 7 WG on Batteries for stationary storage and e-mobility (12 September 2017)

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Press Release: Consumer Authorities and the European Commission urge Volkswagen to finalise repairs of all cars affected by emissions scandal

On 7 September 2017, the EU consumer authorities and the European Commission sent a joint letter to the CEO of Volkswagen urging the group to swiftly repair all cars affected by the “dieselgate” scandal. This is part of a coordinated action by EU consumer authorities to make sure that the Volkswagen group respects consumer law in the aftermath of the scandal and is proactive towards the consumers concerned. Consumer authorities across the EU continue to receive indications that many of the cars affected have not been repaired yet.

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