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UNECE regulations

Progress report and status report

In accordance with the CARS 21 communication, the Commission issues an annual working paper on the major automotive-related regulatory developments and activities at the world forum for harmonisation of vehicle regulations of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). In addition, the Commission publishes an annual status report on EU accession to UN regulations in the area of vehicle approval.

Latest reports

The global technical regulations

The global technical regulations are developed under the 1998 international agreement on vehicle construction to which the EU is a contracting party. The regulations cover the approval of vehicles' safety and environmental aspects. They are managed by the world forum for harmonization of vehicle regulations, a permanent working party of the UNECE. The Commission and EU countries take part in the technical preparatory work of the forum and the Commission exercises the right to vote in the Forum on behalf of the EU.

Translation of UN regulations

The UN regulations, which are applicable under EU law, must be translated into all official EU languages and published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Status table of the translations.

  • Published on 27 June 2024
    • UN Regulation No 83 – Uniform provisions concerning the approval of vehicles with regard to the emission of pollutants according to engine fuel requirements
  • Published on 23 May 2024
    • UN Regulation No 169 – Uniform provisions concerning the approval of event data recorders (EDR) for heavy-duty vehicles [2024/1218]
  • Published on 17 May 2024
    • UN Regulation No 167 – Uniform Provisions Concerning the Approval of Motor Vehicles with Regard to Their Direct Vision [2024/1065]
  • Published on 12 January 2024 
    • ​​​​​​​UN Regulation No 168 – Uniform provisions concerning the approval of light-duty passenger and commercial vehicles with regard to real driving emissions (RDE) [2024/211]