The government in Berlin has agreed to accept that in exchange for concessions, it will not be possible to sell cars with new internal combustion engines in the European Union from 2035. Germany’s leadership thus paved the way for the adoption of the measure, which is one of the most important pillars of the Green Deal strategy.
“We have reached an agreement with Germany on the future use of e-fuels in cars,” EU climate policy chief Frans Timmermans said on Twitter.
He said the EU would now work to adopt a regulation on CO2 standards for cars as soon as possible, and the Commission would quickly take the necessary legal steps to implement the provision that would allow e-fuel cars to reduce their carbon emissions. classification as dioxide-neutral.
In the debate, the Hungarian government also sided with the Germans, but Italy was also among the critics. The EU countries discussed the banning of vehicles powered by internal combustion engines for months, until the European Parliament finally reached an agreement on the legislation last year. The German Ministry of Transport, however, objected to the legislation a few days before the final vote. The main demand of the ministry is that after 2035 the EU allows the sale of new cars that run on e-fuel.
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