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The European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) will hold a public video sitting today at 1.15 p.m., where they will discuss the transition of the automotive sector to a circular economy and the requirements for treatment of end-of-life vehicles with interest groups.

Chair of the European Union Affairs Committee Liisa Pakosta thinks that as many materials from scrapped vehicles as possible should be recycled. “The number of cars is growing, and huge amount of materials with a large environmental impact are used for manufacturing them. Such wasting should be stopped. Manufacturers of the components and spare parts needed to make cars must also be obliged to make better use of the scrap from old cars,” the Chair explained. “We also believe that the manufacturers of vehicles belonging to other categories, like motorcycles, mopeds, trucks, buses and trailers, should be included in the system,” she noted.

In Pakosta’s opinion, in the light of the possible vehicle tax, and also the shipment of waste to third countries, there is a need to clarify what is an end-of-life vehicle and what is a used vehicle, and how exactly they should be defined. “We have also invited the representatives of interest groups to the Committee sitting, so that the decisions would take into account the needs of businesses. For example, it is necessary to move in stages for the new requirements to take effect, and economy needs at least three years’ notice,” Pakosta said.

The European Union Affairs Committee will discuss Estonia’s positions on the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on circularity requirements for vehicle design and on management of end-of-life vehicles. The aim of the proposal is to provide even transition to circular economy by establishing circularity requirements for motor vehicle production and improve the requirements for the treatment of end-of-life vehicle to ensure more efficient collection, more sustainable repair and availability of secondary raw materials.

Deputy Secretary General for Living Environment and Circular Economy Ivo Jaanisoo and Adviser of the Circular Economy Department Piret Otsason from the Ministry of Climate, CEO of the Estonian Association of Car Dealers and Services (AMTEL) Meelis Telliskivi and CEO of the Estonian Automotive Recyclers Association Siim Sellik have been invited to the sitting.

Public video sitting of the European Union Affairs Committee starts at 1.15 p.m. and it will be streamed online. Video recording will be available to watch on the Riigikogu YouTube channel.

Riigikogu Press Service
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