According to information provided by the EU commision , the member states’ permanent representatives endorsed a compromise reached between the Council and the European Parliament concerning a directive on building up minimum infrastructure for alternative fuels across the EU.
Creating a sufficient network of recharging and refuelling stations is considered crucial in order to drive consumer demand for vehicles powered by “clean fuel”, such as electricity, hydrogen and natural gas, and to encourage manufacturers to develop such vehicles and to sell them at competitive prices.
To come into effect, the text still needs to be formally approved by the Parliament and the Council (agreement at first reading).
The directive will enter into force twenty days after its publication in the EU Official Journal. After that, member states will have two years to adopt national provisions to comply with the directive.
Source: Council of the European Union