(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) Talks between Germany's Transport Ministry and the European
Commission about the planned end of new combustion engines from
2035 are moving forward, the ministry said on Monday, but added it
could not say when an agreement would be reached, trend reports citing reuters .
After months of negotiations, the European Parliament, the
Commission and European Union member states agreed last year to the
law that would require new cars sold in the EU from 2035 to have
zero CO2 emissions - effectively making it impossible to sell
combustion engine cars from that date.
But Germany this month declared its last-minute opposition. It
wants sales of new cars with internal combustion engines to be
allowed after that date if they run on e-fuels.
'There are positive trends that are a good basis for further
talks,' a spokesman for the ministry told a news conference.
The ministry, run by the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP),
proposed last week that the Commission should provide a separate
vehicle category for cars that run only on e-fuels, a letter from
the ministry to the EU executive seen by Reuters showed.
The Commission declined to comment on the letter, which also
suggested allowing carmakers to count such cars towards complying
with CO2 targets.
EU climate policy chief Frans Timmermans said in a news
conference on Thursday that once a deal on a law is agreed between
EU countries and the European Parliament, it is important that both
sides respect it.
'At the same time, we have to make sure that the interpretation
of that agreement people give is also something we can agree upon.
And this is an ongoing conversation we are having with the German
authorities right now,' Timmermans said.
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