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NON-ROAD MOBILE MACHINERY : T&E CONTESTS COMPOSITION OF WORKING GROUP.

The NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) is contesting the composition of an informal working group for technical advice (WGTA), set up by the European Commission to prepare a review of Directive 97/68/EC on emissions from non-road mobile machinery. In a letter sent to Commissioners Antonio Tajani (enteprise and industry) andaMaros Sefcovic (interinstitutional relations and administration) on 5 February, T&E's Director, Jos Dings, expresses his "strong concerns" over the process by which DG Enterprise and Industry is finalising its proposal for changes to the directiv.

According to T&E, the Commission has violated its own rules on the establishment of expert groups, and moreover has ignored an agreement drawn up between the EU executive and the European Parliament in September 2012. Dings writes: "The WGTA is comprised exclusively of representatives from industry and some member states, with no representation from civil society groups". Five organisations have been invited to attend the group meeting, he says, all of them chosen from industry. Moreover, the group does not feature in the register of expert groups, despite the first meeting having already taken place (22 January) - with a second scheduled for 11 February.

Finally, under the agreement with Parliament, open calls for applications should take place, wherever possible, when creating an experts' group. This was not the case for the WGTA - instead, industry members were personally invited by DG Enterprise.

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