Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) is said to have approved the EU agreement on the end of cars with combustion engines in November. This is reported by the "Spiegel" with reference to a document available to the magazine. This shows that Wissing's ministry expressly approved the compromise reached at EU level on November 16th. "An approval from DEU can then be given," the document says, and the approval of the Federal Ministry of Transport is also explicitly mentioned.
At the request of the "Spiegel", the latter explained: The federal government had made it clear that the compromise could only be approved if the EU Commission made a proposal "according to which passenger cars and light commercial vehicles with combustion engines that are operated exclusively with e-fuels can also be can be newly registered beyond 2035".
On Monday morning in Meseberg, Wissing said that a solution was "on the right track". In conversation with EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, "we agreed that we have to achieve our climate protection goals" and that openness to technology is also an important aspect, he said at the closed conference. His intention was always "to ensure that we get good regulation".
The EU had had to postpone the decision to phase out combustion engines from 2035 planned for this week. The reason is Wissing's resistance to a regulation that does not take account of synthetic fuels, so-called e-fuels. He calls for a proposal from the EU Commission.
He didn't want to "stop anything," assured Wissing on Monday in Meseberg. At the same time, it's not about a "thing that has to be completed within a week," he added.
Because of the dispute, Germany should have abstained from the decision to stop combustion engines that was actually planned for Tuesday. Italy, Poland and Bulgaria also do not want to agree to the end of combustion engines, which is part of the comprehensive EU climate protection package. Together with Germany, these countries would have a blocking minority.
The EU Parliament and the member states had already agreed in October that from 2035 only new vehicles would be permitted that do not emit carbon dioxide (CO2). The decision to stop combustion engines should actually only be formally sealed. The schedule is now open.
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