The Council acknowledged the progress achieved during the first six months of 2008, as a solid basis for further work. It also underlined the importance of this proposal in the context of fighting against climate change.
The debate was conducted on the basis of a Presidency progress report reflecting the state of play of negotiations (9343/08). The debate focused on main aspects of the draft regulation contained in the Presidency progress report, including:
Several delegations can support the use of the mass of the vehicles as the most appropriate utility parameter, as proposed by the Commission. Some other delegations would favour the use of the footprint of vehicles. Other delegations suggest using the mass in a first stage and review the utility parameter at a later stage.