Agreement to revise F-gas regulation hangs in the balance
At an extraordinary meeting of the European Union Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) in Strasbourg, the state of negotiations between the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission, the so-called trilogue, was discussed. The purpose of the trilogue is to reach a preliminary agreement that would be accepted by both the EU Parliament and the Council. The role of the European Commission is to mediate between the parties.
Chairman of the Committee on the Environment Pascal Canfin informed the participants of the meeting that the third meeting of the trilogy will take place on 19 July. However, as the EU Parliament closes in August, it is unlikely that any agreement will be presented to Parliament before September. This is approaching the generally accepted deadline if the new regulation is to enter into force on January 1, 2024.
The meeting on July 19 will be the last chance to reach an agreement before the summer holidays. However, it is generally accepted that three months will be required between agreement and implementation. Industry representatives are demanding an early agreement so they can plan ahead, but fear the legislation will be poorly drafted and worded.