France to speed up adoption of battery regulation

(23 Feb 2022) France, currently at the helm of the EU Council presidency, hopes to make as much progress as possible on the battery regulation in the coming months. EURACTIV France reports.

The batteries regulation could be adopted in 2022, according to its negotiators and in particular France, which has made it one of the priorities of its EU presidency.

For now, things appear to be going in the right direction, especially for the European Parliament, which wants the regulation to enter into force on 1 January 2027, six months earlier than first envisaged, as French MEP and chair of the European Parliament’s ENVI committee, Pascal Canfin, recently told EURACTIV.

MEPs of the environment committee (ENVI), adopted on 9 February a text on the battery regulation, which is mostly aligned with the European Commission’s initial proposal but calls for more demands to be made on certain objectives.

“For the first time in European legislation, the battery regulation establishes a holistic framework of rules governing the entire life cycle of a product, from design to the end of its life,” said Simona Bonafè, the rapporteur for the Parliament’s proposal.

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