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Comment on CO2-values: embarrassment for the Federal government

as soon As negotiated in the EU, restrictions for the auto industry, puts a brake on Germany, says Stephan Over the river. Also in the case of the CO2 limits. This has embarrassed the Federal government is powerful.

This decision is a Surprise. Because, actually, expected this year, hardly anyone with a agreement. The positions of the EU Commission, the European Parliament and the European governments were too far.

But obviously, the world climate conference in Katowice, Poland, has also left a lasting impression. If global warming is to be stopped, cars must be clean, that was one of the messages from Poland. Finally, not less greenhouse gases into the air on the road today, blown than in 1990, but more. The new European guidelines are, therefore, not only correct, but overdue.

In the industry, everything, as always, is

As the winner in this negotiation poker in front of all the Europe will be able to feel members. You have set more stringent requirements, as it had asked the EU countries. For the Federal government that is a disgrace. Because Germany wanted to settle for the much weaker proposal from the EU-Commission satisfied - and is there again as a brakeman. As is so often the case when it comes to the interests of the car industry.

What are the keeps of the night's agreement, is clear. namely, nothing. The industry criticised the targets as being unrealistic, fears for their international competitiveness and sees a lot of jobs in danger. So, everything is like always. Weeping and gnashing of teeth. normal lobbyists-business. As the catalyst was introduced, it was no different.

Now the Truck limits have to be tackled

But, of course, the big manufacturers know that petrol and Diesel will soon be history. And prepare on the new times. Volvo, for example, wants to adopt in the next year from the internal combustion engine instead of electric cars and Hybrid-produce vehicles. The German companies have similar plans in the drawer. You also need to, if you don't want to miss the connection to the future. The technology change needs to come quickly, and in Europe.

This is also true for the Trucks. This week, the EU wants to set for the first Time CO2 limits. Finally. Because trucks and buses for nearly a quarter of the emissions in the transport responsible. Here, the European Parliament, makes the most of the pressure and demands stricter targets than the Commission and the member States. Good. Members should use the favour of the hour and with the tailwind from Katowice also for Trucks and buses ambitious targets to enforce. As in-house advertising. After all, Europe is next year's election.

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