EU ministers to discuss promotion of electric cars

08:59, May 25, 2010      

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European Union (EU) ministers responsible for competitiveness will start two-day talks here on Tuesday, with a strategy to promote electric cars high on the agenda.

The meeting, to be chaired by Spanish Minister for Industry Miguel Sebastian whose country holds the EU rotating presidency, was expected to adopt conclusions on the EU strategy for the promotion of clean and efficient cars from the energy point of view, including hybrids and fully electric vehicles.

The strategy contains an action plan that spans initiatives from fields such as approval systems for different types of vehicles, environmental efficiency, research and development technology, consumer information, employment and international business co-operation, according the Spanish Presidency.

With the forthcoming introduction of these vehicles in the market and their increasing acceptance among consumers, the ministers would ask the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, to submit specific legislative proposals aimed at strengthening Europe's leadership in clean automotive technologies and leading to job creation in the sector.

The electric vehicle is one of the priorities of the Spanish Presidency, which has fostered a Europe-wide debate and a study of public policy to boost its production and introduction into Europe.

The ministers would also on Tuesday set policy guidelines for the revision of the European patent system and take stock of the implementation of the services directive.

On Wednesday, the ministers would exchange views on the establishment of national targets for investment in research, as envisaged in the 2020 European strategy for growth and job creation, the EU's economic development plan for the next decade.

Source: Xinhua
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