EU Consultations

CONSULTATIONS: Commercial vehicles – weights and dimensions (evaluation)

Deadline: 18-02-2022

(Source: European Commission)

Summary

Under current EU rules, commercial vehicles in the EU carrying goods or passengers by road must meet the allowable weights and dimensions.

This initiative will evaluate if the rules:

ensure the smooth functioning of the single market
improve the environmental performance of these vehicles while safeguarding road safety.

Based on these findings, the Commission will […]

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CONSULTATIONS: Energy labelling requirements for household tumble dryers [review]

Deadline: 18-02-2022

(Source: European Commission)

Summary

In 2012, the EU adopted an ecodesign measure on household tumble driers that sets minimum energy efficiency requirements, taking effect in 2013. In addition, the EU adopted an energy labelling measure in order to provide information to consumers on the energy performance and other environmental parameters. Both measures led to a […]

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CONSULTATIONS: Energy labelling requirements for air-to-air conditioners, air-to-air heat pumps and comfort fans [review]

Deadline: 18-02-2022

(Source: European Commission)

Summary

This Regulation is a revision of Regulation (EU) No 626/2011. The review study has shown the benefits of updating the energy label of air-to-air air conditioners, air-to-air heat pumps and comfort fans. In addition, the framework Regulation (EU) 2017/1369 requires the energy labels to be rescaled to an A to G […]

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CONSULTATIONS: Ecodesign requirements for water pumps (review)

Deadline: 18-02-2022

(Source: European Commission)

Summary

This initiative will revise Regulation (EU) No 547/2012, following a review that showed the benefits of continued and improved requirements, adapted to the technological progress of water pumps.

New or improved ecodesign requirements for minimum energy performance, resource efficiency and product information will be considered for different types of water pumps.

Topic

Energy

Type of […]

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CONSULTATIONS: VAT in the digital age

Deadline: 17-02-2022

(Source: European Commission)

Summary

The Commission’s action plan for fair and simple taxation underlines the need to reflect on how tax authorities can use technology to fight tax fraud and benefit businesses, and on whether the current VAT rules are adapted to doing business in the digital age.

The action plan announces a legislative proposal for […]

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CONSULTATIONS: Chemicals legislation – revision of REACH Regulation to help achieve a toxic-free environment

Deadline: 15-04-2022

(Source: European Commission)

Summary

The European Green Deal sets out the ambition to reach zero pollution for a toxic-free environment.

As part of this ambition, the chemicals strategy for sustainability announces actions to better protect people and the environment against hazardous chemicals and to encourage innovation to develop safe and sustainable alternatives.

Achieving these goals requires revising […]

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CONSULTATIONS: EU competition law – updating the market definition notice (revision)

Deadline: 16-02-2022

(Source: European Commission)

Summary

Market definitions are used in EU competition law to identify the boundaries of competition between firms.

In 1997, the Commission issued the market definition notice to explain its approach to defining relevant product and geographic markets.

Following an evaluation, this initiative will revise the notice to ensure it is accurate and up-to-date. It […]

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CONSULTATIONS: Renewable energy projects – permit-granting processes & power-purchase agreements

Deadline: 12-04-2022

(Source: European Commission)

Summary

This initiative aims to facilitate renewable energy production projects. It will focus on key barriers to implementing renewable energy projects, including:

the length of permitting procedures
the complexity of rules and processes for site selection and administrative authorisations
grid-connection issues
staffing of permitting authorities

It will outline good practices addressing the identified barriers and good practices […]

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