EU battery watchers brace for tsunami of secondary legislation

(EurActiv, 29 Nov 2022) While EU co-legislators are still busy discussing the details of the EU Battery Regulation, lobbyists following this file are already bracing themselves for a tsunami of secondary legislation that will decide on every technical aspect of battery manufacturing and recycling.

It’s been nearly two years since the European Commission published its proposal for an EU Battery Regulation, a product that is still unregulated in the bloc’s single market and that is meant to play a crucial role in the transition to electric mobility.

Beyond transport, batteries are shaping up to play a central role in the green and digital transition via devices like smartphones or portable computers that have become pervasive in our daily lives.

So-called trialogue talks between the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council are still ongoing, with several issues still outstanding, such as due diligence for raw material supply chains or requirements over material recovery and recycling.

EU negotiators hope to reach a compromise on the Battery Regulation during a final trialogue session scheduled for December 9.

In the meantime, car manufacturers and the entire supply chain of battery makers who are closely following the legislation are already bracing themselves for a tsunami of secondary legislation that will follow the adoption of the regulation.

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EurActiv, 29 Nov 2022: EU battery watchers brace for tsunami of secondary legislation