EU to rethink clean vehicle quotas plan

Barrot promises angry MEPs a new approach to promoting public purchases of greener vehicles

The European commission has promised to redraft plans for a directive on public procurement of clean vehicles, bowing to intense political pressure from MEPs. Speaking to the European parliament’s environment committee this week, transport commissioner Jacques Barrot promised a new proposal by next summer.

In June the committee took the unusual step of calling on the full parliament to reject the proposal outright rather than calling for amendments. Mr Barrot asked the parliament not to pursue this course but to wait instead for the commission’s new proposal.

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