Just one day after Germany softened its position on the ban on combustion vehicles in the European Union (EU) from 2035, the Twenty-seven have reached an agreement. Finally, Berlin has unblocked the norm – key to the block’s package of climate measures – in exchange for guaranteeing the registration of cars powered by e-fuels from that date.
The agreement has been announced by the Vice President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, on his social networks. “Now we will work so that the regulation on cars that emit carbon dioxide is adopted as soon as possible and the European Executive will carry out the necessary legal steps for this,” he celebrated.
The legislation to veto the registration of cars and vans with combustion engines was stopped at the last moment by the blockade of Germany. The federal government, the main vehicle manufacturer in the EU, asked Brussels for “more guarantees” so that vehicles powered by synthetic fuels could be registered beyond 2035. This Friday, the German newspaper ‘Der Spiegel’ announced that Berlin he had “softened his position” and had sent a “compromise proposal” to the European Commission by email.
In the absence of the agreement being known in detail, the understanding has come through a delegated act, which would modify some aspects of the text agreed upon by the Twenty-seven, the Community Executive and the European Parliament. European countries had refused en bloc to renegotiate and draft the document, as the process would take years. In exchange, Germany reportedly got Brussels to create a special category for vehicles powered by synthetic fuels, as it demanded.
The new regulations will reduce the manufacture of diesel, gasoline and hybrid combustion cars by 55% by 2030 and that of vans by 50%, before completely vetoing their sale five years later. Of course, this measure opens the door to the development of others that work with combustion engines “powered exclusively with carbon dioxide-neutral fuels.”