ATI Campaign: Member States agree on common position

Following to the vote on the proposed type approval regulation in the European Parliament’s plenary session in April, Member States came to an agreement at the end of May. Following Dieselgate, the Commission progressively increased the pace of the negotiations to come to an agreement at Council level as soon as possible.

During the past months, UEIL made its voice heard as representative of the lubricants industry and one of the key players in the automotive aftermarket. The provisions in the current proposal do not offer sufficient guarantees for independent market actors in the lubricants industry to obtain

UEIL is changing Secretariat From the beginning of August, the UEIL’s Secretariat team will change.

Grayling Brussels have been selected to provide the new team, and the position of Secretary General will be filled by Russell Patten, Grayling Brussels CEO. Grayling is a long term (30+ years) established consultancy firm in Brussels and is the Consultancy of the year 2016-2017. Grayling is part of the largest owned public affairs network across Europe and is part of Huntsworth plc.

Russell has 30 years of EU Public Affairs and Public Relations experience and well as extensive expertise in managing trade associations operating in the

Russell Patten

the necessary repair and maintenance information from OEMs in a timely manner. During its meetings with key Member States’ representatives UEIL made clear that serious malpractices exist and will continue to exist if the proposal will not oblige OEMs to provide the necessary information before the vehicle is placed on the market. A number of Member States and MEPs explicitly support UEIL in its call for fair competition and free choice on the automotive aftermarket.

As from July the trilogue negotiations between Commission, Parliament and Council will generate opportunities for UEIL to reach out to all negotiating parties again to persuade them of the importance of having free and fair market conditions for independent operators. The end of the discussions is currently foreseen for December this year.

fields of transport and energy. Grayling runs a number of trade associations including EPEE, EVIA, EWIA and TI where they offer the full gamut of services, including location resources.

Andreea Kaye, Vanessa Chesnot, Clara Saintigny and Sévrine Pereira Teixeira will be in charge of running the day to day activities of the UEIL Secretariat. They all bring substantial expertise in designing and implementing in public affairs and communications campaigns and have experience working in the secretariat of trade associations. Their policy expertise includes the multiple issues spanning the environment, energy and transport sectors.

Under the guidance of UEIL President Valentina Serra-Holm, the new Secretariat team is already working with the outgoing Secretariat to ensure a seamless transition.

Andreea Kaye

Vanessa Chesnot

Clara Saintigny

Sévrine Pereira Teixeira



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