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12 Mar 2018

Innovation Deal on batteries for electric vehicles signed

On 12 March 2018, another step was made to help overcome perceived regulatory barriers to innovation. An Innovation Deal was signed by eight partners from national and regional authorities as well as innovators from France and the Netherlands, aiming to tackle whether regulation is conducive to environment-friendly and industrially-efficient recycling and re-use of electric vehicle batteries. Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: "The electric vehicle revolution is a testimony to how innovation generates growth and fundamentally changes society for the better. In order for Europe to stay in the lead of this innovation race, we need to work together with innovators and authorities to make sure our laws do not hamper innovation. This Innovation Deal will clarify the regulatory landscape in this area, and boost demand for electric vehicles.” 

The European Commission launched the concept of Innovation Deals in the scope of its Circular Economy package. The first Innovation Deal on wastewater treatment was signed on 7 April 2017.

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