Proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the relevant Committees of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe as regards the proposals for modifications to UN Regulations Nos 3, 4, 6, 7, 11, 14, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 27, 29, 34, 37, 38, 43, 44, 46, 48, 50, 53, 60, 67, 69, 70, 74, 77, 83, 86, 87, 91, 94, 95, 98, 99, 100, 101, 104, 105, 110, 112, 113, 119, 121, 123, 128, 129, 132 and 137 and to UN Global Technical Regulation No 9, and as regards the proposals for three new UN Regulations
1. This proposal was published to establish the voting position of the European Union within the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) with respect to various amended international regulatory proposals. Such proposals are agreed in technical working groups, and then enacted at the political level by a body known as Working Party 29 (WP29) or the World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations. All EU Member States are part of this forum, but the Commission delivers the combined EU votes on behalf of the Union. A vote on these proposals is scheduled for the WP29 meeting taking place on 12-16 November 2018.
2. The Lisbon Treaty sets out procedures on the interaction of the EU with international organisations and agreements and affects the specific rules covering EU participation in two international agreements on motor vehicles. The UNECE 1958 Agreement, as revised in 1995 (“the Revised 1958 Agreement”) is an international agreement established under the auspices of the UNECE, which was put in place to assist industry by removing technical barriers to trade within Europe. The subsequent 1998 Agreement (“Global Agreement”) with regard to establishing Global Technical Regulations was aimed at facilitating easier trade between the principal global trading regions of USA, EU and Japan while recognising the growing markets for new vehicles of China and India.