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Status: 06/29/2022 03:34

EU environment ministers struggled for more than 16 hours, but they finally agreed: from 2035, new cars in the EU should be emission-free. Prior to this, the German government had also long argued over a common line.

According to the will of EU countries, only new climate-neutral cars should be sold in the European Union from 2035. The ministers responsible for the environment of the 27 states agreed overnight.

A final compromise must now be negotiated with the European Parliament, which wants a complete end to new cars with combustion engines from 2035.

EU states have come out in favor of zeroing so-called fleet limits for cars by 2035. These limit values ​​are specifications for manufacturers as to how much CO2 cars and the vans they produce may emit while in operation. This means that from 2035 no new cars with combustion engines running conventionally will be sold.

FDP had concerns about shutting down the combustion engine

The federal government only found an internal compromise during the ongoing negotiations. According to a government spokesperson, the European Commission has promised to submit a proposal on how only vehicles powered by climate-friendly fuels can be registered after 2035. “According to the common understanding of the Federal Government, this applies also to passenger cars and light commercial vehicles.

The FDP had great concerns about accepting a de facto exit from the combustion engine. The federal government now has the back door for the Commission to come up with a proposal that also takes into account climate-friendly fuels for new cars with internal combustion engines. The FDP had insisted that after 2035 combustion cars running on electric fuels could also be approved.

Other negotiations are in progress

The federal government had in fact already agreed in March to endorse the European Commission’s plan. In the morning, before the federal government reached a compromise, Economy Minister Robert Habeck and Environment Minister Steffi Lemke (both Greens) discussed a common position of the federal government.

The next step is for EU states and the European Parliament to negotiate together. They must agree on a common position, although Parliament has already voted in favor of a ban. The European Commission had already made a proposal last year providing for the end of combustion engines from 2035.

Federal Minister for the Environment Steffi Lemke, B’90/Die Grünen, on the position of the Federal Government regarding the planned European ban on combustion engines

Tagesschau 09:00, 28.6.2022

Source www.tagesschau.de

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