On Tuesday, a meeting of EU ministers responsible for energy issues will take place in Brussels. Final approval by a majority of votes of the regulations banning the sale of new emission cars after 2035 is expected.
Ban on the sale of combustion cars. Germany reached an agreement with Brussels
Poland was against this from the beginning of work on the regulations. Climate Minister Anna Moscow once again emphasized Poland’s opposition to such plans.
– We are convinced that 2035 is too early, premature and not based on reliable analyses. Just as we were against it at the previous stages, we will block this document together with other countries at the next stages of work. Apart from us, a large part of the countries (…) of the southern bloc of our neighbors also believe that this is too ambitious a date and too early for such discussions and declarations, she said in an interview with the Polish Press Agency.
Poland, which is against it, argues that the costs cannot be shifted onto citizens for whom electric cars will be too expensive, that 2035 is unrealistic and that the regulations do not take into account the different conditions in the member states. However, the regulations contain a revision clause. In three years, an analysis is to be carried out to answer the question of whether it is possible to introduce a ban on new emission cars after 2035.
Why has the legislation not yet been adopted, although until recently it seemed that its approval was only a formality? The main brakeman was Germany, which created the so-called blocking minority. Poland’s western neighbors wanted to ensure the possibility of selling cars powered by synthetic fuels – produced with the use of renewable energy. Finally, Berlin and Brussels reached an agreement over the weekend. The European Commission has declared that it will prepare regulations allowing cars with internal combustion engines to be powered by synthetic fuels – this is a big loophole in this seemingly restrictive agreement.
Why does the EU want to ban cars powered by internal combustion engines? In mid-February, the European Parliament adopted the provisions of the “Fit for 55” package on transport emissions. By 2035, the European Union wants to reduce CO2 emissions from new cars and vans by 100%. This means that in 12 years we will no longer leave the showroom with a combustion car.
– This regulation encourages the production of zero-emission and low-emission cars. It sets out more ambitious targets for 2030 and a zero-carbon target for 2035, which is essential to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, said Jan Huitema, the MEP responsible for the project.
The European Union wants to hit Russia’s gas interests. Another package of sanctions
At the meeting, Sweden, which is in charge of the EU’s work, also wants to bring about the adoption of the gas package. One of its elements is the provisions on the certification of storage system operators. In practice, this will mean throwing the Russians out of the EU market. There is also a provision that guarantees Member States the right to suspend gas supplies from Russia in the event of a threat to energy security.
The ministers also want to take a position on pipeline connections with third countries. Such installations will have to operate in accordance with European Union law and an intergovernmental agreement will be required to launch them. The launch of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will therefore no longer be impossible.
At 247 News Agency, Jason has covered a wide range of topics, from politics and business to crime and entertainment. He is highly respected by his colleagues and peers, and his articles are widely read and shared. With a passion for news and a commitment to accuracy, Jason Root is a valuable asset to the 247 News Agency team.