Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs



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 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 1 September 2020
    • Regulation No 44 – Uniform provisions concerning the approval of restraining devices for child occupants of power-driven vehicles (‘Child Restraint Systems’)
  • Published on 7 August 2020
    • Regulation No 25 – Uniform provisions concerning the approval of head restraints (headrests), whether or not incorporated in vehicle seats
  • Published on 14 July 2020
    • Regulation No 12 - Uniform provisions concerning the approval of vehicles with regard to the protection of the driver against the steering mechanism in the event of impact
  • Published on 15 May 2020
    • Regulation No 127 - Uniform provisions concerning the approval of motor vehicles with regard to their pedestrian safety performance
  • Published on 29 April 2020
    • Regulation No 45 - Uniform provisions concerning the approval of headlamp cleaners and of power-driven vehicles with regard to headlamp cleaners
    • Regulation No 137 - Uniform provisions concerning the approval of passenger cars in the event of a frontal collision with focus on the restraint system