Romania opposes the European Union and wants to postpone it

Romania, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia and Bulgaria want to postpone by five years a European Union plan to effectively ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars starting in 2035, according to a document consulted by Reuters.

The European Commission’s proposal on emissions last year would require a 100% reduction in CO2 emissions from new cars by 2035, making it impossible to sell fossil fuel vehicles in the EU from that date, according to Reuters. by dcnews.ro.

EU ministers plan to agree on their position next week, before negotiating the final law with the EU parliament – which backed the 2035 ban by a vote this month.

In a document circulated among EU countries, the five countries called for a 90% reduction in car CO2 emissions by 2035 and a 100% target by 2040.

They stated that light commercial vehicles should comply with an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2035 and a 100% reduction by 2040, instead of the 100% reduction by 2035 proposed by the Commission.

“Adequate and adapted transition periods need to be set,” the document said.

A Bulgarian official, who did not want to be named, said climate policies must take into account economic and social factors, such as “significant differences” in purchasing power between EU countries.

Brussels says 2035 is crucial because the average life of new cars is 15 years, so a subsequent ban would prevent the EU from reaching zero net emissions by 2050, a global stage that scientists say would avoid disastrous climate change.

Some EU governments have backed the 2035 target, but the German finance minister said this week that the EU’s largest car market will not support it.

Ford and Volvo Cars have publicly backed the plan, and Volkswagen aims to stop selling cars with combustion engines in Europe by 2035. But industry groups, including the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, have opposed the 2035 target, citing concerns , including the uncertain implementation of chargers.

The EU is currently negotiating another law requiring countries to install millions of vehicle chargers in this decade.