Proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe as regards the proposals for modifications to UN Regulations Nos 0, 13, 16, 17, 44, 55, 83, 93, 94, 95, 100, 115, 137, 144, 151, 152 and 153, as regards the proposals for modifications to Global Technical Regulations Nos 7, 15 and 18, as regards the proposal for amendments to Mutual Resolution M.R.3, as regards the proposals for two new UN Regulations in relation to reversing motion and moving off information systems, and as regards the proposal for a new Global Technical Regulation on the determination of electric vehicle power
1. This purpose of this proposal is to establish the voting position of the European Union within the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) with respect to various 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, including the UK vote during the Transition Period.
2. A vote on these proposals is scheduled for the WP29 meeting taking place on 10 November 2020. The EU Commission is proposing that the Union (including the UK vote) support all the proposals.
3. 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”) 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.