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Following the Government’s approval of the lowering of the waste management of end-of-life vehicles (ELV) fees in 2015, representatives of AmCham Croatia and the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) met with the Minister of Environment and Nature Protection Slaven Dobrović and his team, presenting the initiative to further reduce the fees from 0.60 kn/kg to 0.45 kn/kg or lower.

AmCham also reconfirmed its position that the ELVs takeback system should be based on market principles and include an adequate system of deregistration. An agreement was reached that AmCham would have a representative in the Ministry’s working group for amending the Ordinance on ELVs management, as well as that additional meetings should be held to facilitate cooperation on this and other policy issues.
The Environmental and Energy Efficiency Committee published two position papers:
• “Recommendations for the Development of E-mobility in Croatia” focuses on ensuring a better regulatory framework for the development of e-mobility in Croatia, in order to enable strategic development of the needed infrastructure and encourage citizens and business entities to use electric vehicles, thereby reducing CO2 emissions. The paper was submitted as an official response to the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure’s Public consultation on the Draft proposal of the Law on Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infrastructure.
• “Biodiesel Production in Croatia” presents the advantages of using biodiesel fuels and recommends an alternative formula for the calculation of the special environmental fee for the failure to bring biofuels on the market, that will encourage distributors of mineral fuels to buy biofuel rather than pay lower fees for failing to bring biofuels on the market, which is currently often the case. An adequate formula would contribute to the development of agriculture in Croatia, new employment in agriculture and industry, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, as well as improvement of waste management.

Both papers were discussed at a meeting with Mrs. Marija Šćulac Domac, Assistant Minister at the Ministry Environment and Nature Protection, who stressed the importance of these topics, commended AmCham’s efforts and committed to including AmCham in future policy work on these and other issues, which will also involve discussions and cooperation with other relevant ministries – Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure for E-mobility infrastructure, and Ministry of Economy for biodiesel production.