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Emissions of pollutants from cars: new tests more realistic mandatory from 1 September

Starting tomorrow, September 1st, new car models will have to pass revised emissions tests, more reliable, before they can travel in Europe. Emissions of nitrogen oxides and other particulates, which are a major cause of air pollution, will be measured under actual driving conditions (RDE procedure). This test will be supplemented by new, more realistic laboratory tests (WLTP procedure) for all emissions including CO2 and fuel consumption as well as emissions of nitrogen oxides and other particulates. These new emission measurement methods are an important part of the Commission's action for a more responsible, competitive and environmentally responsible automobile industry., Vice-President for Employment, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, said:"These new emission measurement methods are a major step in our work to ensure that our cars are cleaner and more environmentally friendly over the next few years, but much remains to be done. Scandal shows that we need more independence in car tests, more market surveillance and the possibility for the Commission to intervene in cases of abuse. In January 2016 the Commission presented a proposal It has been on the table since and it is high time for the European Parliament and the Council to adopt it, and we must also decisively pursue efforts at European level to encourage low-cost mobility solutions ofEmissions . "ElżbietaBieńkowska , Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, added:A rapid evolution towards low-emission vehicles is in our common interest as public health and environmental risks are directly affected. It is also a crucial issue for the automotive industry if it is to remain competitive on a global level. For now, diesel cars are still part of our daily lives and we must restore confidence in this technology. This is why more realistic tests for new cars are needed. For those already traveling on our roads, Member States must take responsibility, enforce the law and take additional measures with industry to reduce their emissions . " A press release , a MEMOOn the various actions of the EU to reduce air pollution caused by cars, as well as video clips on how new tests are carried out, are available online. ( For more information: Lucia Caudet - Tel .: + 32 229 56182, Mirna Talko - Tel .: +32 229 87278, Maud Noyon - Tel .: +32 229 80379)

 

Investment Plan

The Investment Plan continues to deliver. Over the last week, the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) has backed finance for digital innovation in Sweden , access to finance for small businesses in Poland and medical research in Austria. The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing Swedish software developer inRiver with € 8 million in financing to invest in research and development, expand its market reach and grow its customer base. The European Investment Fund (EIF) and national promotional bank Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (BGK) are doubling the size of their loans to Polish SMEs to PLN 2 billion (ca. € 500 million). The loans are expected to reach close to 10,600 small businesses and entrepreneurs across Poland. The EIB is providing € 25 million of financing to Austrian biotech company Apeiron Biologics to support the development of new pharmaceutical products to treat cancer, particularly a rare type affecting children. EIB agreed € 35 million loan to German medical device companyMagForce to support the development of a new approach to treating brain tumors. This new approach makes it possible to combat the tumor from within, while sparing surrounding healthy tissue. All of these agreements were made possible through the support of the Investment Plan for Europe, the so-called Juncker Plan. European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen , responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, said:"These transactions demonstrate the diversity, quality and impact of investments made possible by the European Fund for Strategic Investments. "A final agreement on the extension and reinforcement of the EFSI will allow us to do so. The Investment Plan is now expected to trigger over € 225 billion across Europe. For the latest figures country-by-country, see here .

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