the Union's 28 countries have for months debated how stringent the emission standards should be. Negotiations are a part of the goal to reduce the totalutsläppet of greenhouse gases by 40 percent by the year 2030.
Germany, EUROPE's largest automobile sector have warned that strict targets and greater investment in electric cars may come to damage the country's industries and the labour market.
After nine hours of talks came representatives of the EUROPEAN parliament and the member states agreed to reduce emissions from cars, with 37.5 per cent, and emissions from vans by 31 percent, by the year 2030.
in Addition, the parties agreed to reduce the emissions from both cars and vans by 15 percent by the year 2025.
"This is an important signal in our fight against climate change," says Elisabeth Koestinger, hållbarhetsminister in Austria which holds the EU presidency until the end of the year.
the Accord however faced criticism from several quarters. Miljölobbygruppen Transport & Environment in Brussels believe that more is required to meet the climate targets.
The German bilindustriförbundet the VDA believes that the agreement puts high demands without giving good incentives to switch to electric cars.
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