- Outlook: the fall agenda for EU transport policy
- Election in Italy: Favorite Meloni pursues clear anti-China course
- Danger of gas supply stop: Italy plans savings
- EU Commission: no funding for MidCat pipeline
- New visa rules for Russians starting next week
- EU and US import more industrial metals from Russia despite Ukraine war
- Vestager stops biotech deal
- Frauke Thies – climate expert for Agora
- Apéro: exports to China
Today, in our fall preview, we focus on EU transport policy. A swift agreement is expected between the EU Parliament and the Council on the proposals to phase out internal combustion engines in 2035 and tighten CO2 fleet limits for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The situation is likely to be different with regard to the dossier on the development of a public charging infrastructure (AFIR). The Commission’s pending proposals, such as for pollutant regulation in transport (Euro 7) and CO2 fleet regulation for heavy-duty vehicles, are eagerly awaited. Markus Grabitz provides an overview of the timetables and possible lines of conflict.
“Golden Power Rules” – that’s what Italy’s FDI screening mechanism is called. Under Mario Draghi, the country has screened investments from China relatively strictly. Since he took office in February 2021, this has prevented three Chinese takeovers, among other things. The critical approach to China could intensify significantly after the parliamentary election, as Amelie Richter analyzes: Favorite Giorgia Meloni, head of the Fratelli d’Italia, has run on a clear anti-China approach and has shown that she is also likely to be confrontational regarding China’s Taiwan policy.
The top position at Agora Energiewende was vacant after longtime head Patrick Graichen moved to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action as State Secretary. Now Frauke Thies heads the think tank as part of a dual leadership team. Her focus is on Brussels, from where she is to strengthen Agora’s European work. The main topic currently on the experts’ minds is: How do we get through the energy crisis in a way that makes sense in terms of climate policy? Read more about Thies in today’s profile by Sarah Tekath.
Outlook: the autumn agenda for EU transport policy
The Commission’s Fit for 55 package car-related proposals are in the home stretch of the legislative process. The two key instruments aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport by 90 percent by 2030 are at risk. The co-legislators – the EU Parliament and the Council – are expected to reach an agreement on the first dossier quickly, which involves phasing out internal combustion engines by 2035 and tightening CO2 fleet limits for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles.
The situation is different for the second dossier, which deals with the development of a public charging infrastructure (AFIR). The Parliament will vote on the report only in the second week of session in October (from 18.10.). Once the vote has been held, the schedule for the trilogue will be drawn up.
Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR)
Schedule: At today’s meeting of Ertug with the shadow rapporteurs, a compromise text is to be carpentered, which will be voted on in committee on October 3. If things go quickly, the vote will take place in the Strasbourg plenum in the second week of October. The trilogue will start in November at the earliest and will certainly not be completed by the Czech Council presidency by Christmas. A result is not expected until spring 2023 at the earliest.