The EU vote on the banning of internal combustion engines has been postponed

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The diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Brussels journalists that Germany would like to receive further assurances from Brussels that synthetic fuels can be used in car engines even after 2035.

According to his information, the EU ministers would have voted on the legislation on Tuesday, but the EU ambassadors of the member states decided to return to the issue and postpone the vote to a later meeting.

German Transport Minister Volker Wissing previously stated that his country has always made it clear that the European Commission must submit a proposal on how synthetic fuels could be used in internal combustion engines after 2035.

The European Parliament and the 27 EU member states reached an agreement at the end of October on the ban on the sale of new cars powered by internal combustion engines from 2035. The agreement is part of the Union’s efforts to reduce transport emissions to zero as far as possible in the EU. In the framework of the EU’s package of measures against climate change, emissions are planned to be reduced by 55 percent by 2030 compared to the level of the 1990s, while climate neutrality would be achieved by 2050.

According to the provision, from the middle of the next decade, manufacturers can only market passenger cars and vans that do not emit climate-damaging greenhouse gases. However, the ban on the sale of new cars powered by internal combustion engines has given rise to fierce disputes with Germany, which has a significant car industry. Italy, Poland and Bulgaria also expressed reservations about the measure.

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