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.
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.
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 translation