All articles by Markus Grabitz

Commission adopts drone strategy
By 2030, services provided by drones should be part of everyday life in the EU. This is to be ensured by the Drone Strategy 2.0, adopted by the Commission. The following services are planned: Aerial services such as air cabs that provide regular transport services, initially with a pilot – with the vision of automating […] continue reading →
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Platform work: Parliament forges first compromises
In the future, it will not be the employees who have to prove whether an employment relationship exists, but Google, Uber and Co.: At the heart of the proposal to improve the situation of platform workers is the reversal of the burden of proof. Because the devil is in the details, however, the deliberations of Parliament and the Council are taking an unexpectedly long time. continue reading →
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New statute for EU parties: hardened fronts
Trilogue on its own business: The European Parliament sees demands by the Council on the party statute as an attack on the EU parties' right to self-determination. Money and political freedom of movement are at stake. continue reading →
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Bütikofer: ‘Parliamentarianism in the European Parliament is more lively’
On the 70th anniversary of the European Parliament, Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer praises CDU politician Elmar Brok in an interview with Markus Grabitz and explains how the world's only transnational representation of the people can improve. continue reading →
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Commission uses technocrat language
A political scientist has analyzed 45,000 press releases from the Commission. The Berlin political scientist also explains why it has learned nothing in terms of communication even after 35 years. continue reading →
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Commission to present MFF revision in early 2023
The European Parliament’s Committee on Budgets (BUDG) is calling on the Commission to undertake an “ambitious revision” of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) as soon as possible in light of the challenges posed by war, inflation and high energy prices. But with the decision of the Committee on Budget from yesterday’s session, MEPs demand “that the revision should […] continue reading →
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Kretschmann wants EU funding for economically strong regions
Baden-Württemberg’s Minister President Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) is calling on the EU to amend the state aid law so that economically strong regions can also receive structural aid. At the annual meeting of the state’s Automotive Industry Strategy Dialogue in Brussels, which was also attended by Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton and Federal Minister […] continue reading →
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Exclusive: Commission wants tax increases for tobacco
Member states are to increase excise taxes on tobacco and tobacco-related products sharply. In Germany, the minimum tax on cigarettes would double, and on cigars and cigarillos, it would increase by a factor of nine. The Commission's proposal is due on Dec. 7. continue reading →
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Truck fleet limits: lobby battle over e-fuels begins
In a few weeks, the Commission will present its proposal for a phase-out of internal combustion engines in commercial vehicles. In its study, the environmental organization T+E is now calling for e-fuels to play no role in trucks either. One scientist disagrees and doubts the seriousness of the study. continue reading →
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Euro 7: Limit values must be complied with even after 200,000 kilometers
The Euro 7 pollutant standard sets limits for new cars for tire abrasion and brake dust. In addition, the industry is to guarantee the capacity of batteries in EVs for up to eight years. Reactions to the Commission's proposal are contrasting. continue reading →
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ECJ gives little encouragement to drivers in diesel scandal
Due to bleak prospects in court, legal protection insurers are now refusing to finance lawsuits by diesel drivers for damages due to a "thermal window." The ECJ has now confirmed in principle that environmental organizations such as DUH also have the right to sue but has given little hope of success in the matter. continue reading →
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Euro 7 to apply to all new passenger cars from mid-2025
Further details have emerged from the Commission’s proposal for Euro 7, the next stage of emissions regulation for cars, trucks and buses. According to this, the regulations are to apply to all newly registered passenger cars from July 1, 2025, while the start date for trucks is to be July 1, 2026. The industry considers […] continue reading →
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Breton: ‘Combustion engines have a future beyond 2035’
In an interview with Europe.Table, Industry Commissioner Thierry Breton commits to combustion technology even beyond 2035. He reserves the right to take corrective action if the transformation to electromobility goals are not met. continue reading →
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Trilogue agrees on end of combustion engine in 2035
At 8:45 p.m., the trilogue sealed the end of the combustion engine technology in the EU in 2035. Negotiators from the European Parliament and member states left no door open for the internal combustion engine to run on synthetic fuels after 2035. The option of running cars on nearly carbon-neutral e-fuels, even after 2035, is […] continue reading →
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Commission proposal against thick air and dirty water
Limit values for air pollutants will be halved by 2030. 25 new substances will be added to a list of the most dangerous water polluters. Manufacturers will be held accountable for residues of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics in wastewater. continue reading →
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Air pollution control leak: Limits to be halved
If the Commission's draft Clean Air Directive is implemented, driving bans are looming in many of Europe's inner cities and conurbations. The concept, which is available to Europe.Table, is set to be adopted by the Commission on Wednesday. continue reading →
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Commission wants blank check to tighten Euro 7 retroactively
The Commission wants the right to tighten Euro 7 five years after it came into force. That’s according to the draft for the next stage of pollutant regulation for cars, trucks, and buses, which Europe.Table reported on Friday. Accordingly, the 110-page legislative text provides that the Commission can independently tighten limit values, boundary conditions, and […] continue reading →
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Euro 7 leak: Commission extends hand to industry over crisis
This is what the EU Commission plans for the next stage of emissions regulation: Euro 7 is to be less strict than planned for cars and vans. Manufacturers of trucks and buses, on the other hand, must expect tougher requirements. continue reading →
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