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Europe, Japan can help ease rollout of EV battery rules: EU official

Cooperation key to lowering regulatory burden on carmakers and suppliers

Global battery demand is likely to outstrip supply in the near term, says Virginijus Sinkevicius, European commissioner for environment, oceans and fisheries. (Photo by EV/Georges Boulougouris)

BRUSSELS -- Japan and the European Union can help electric vehicle makers and their suppliers navigate new regulations through technical cooperation, the EU's environment policy commissioner said.

"We could explore how to cooperate at the technical level to learn from each other and make it easier for different regulatory bodies to agree on common rules and standards," Virginijus Sinkevicius said in a written interview ahead of Saturday's meeting of environment and energy ministers from the Group of Seven advanced economies in Sapporo, Japan.

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