Lindner: Germany will not agree to the end of combustion engines in the EU


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BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – According to Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP), the federal government will not agree to a ban on the sale of new cars with combustion engines from 2035 at EU level. Lindner said on Tuesday at the Industry Day in Berlin that there will be areas in the world where electric mobility may not be introduced in the next few decades. If the new registration of the internal combustion engine is banned, it will not be further developed, at least in Europe and Germany. That’s why she thinks the decision to ban combustion engines is actually wrong, said Lindner.

“That’s why I decided that I as a federal government, that we as a federal government will not agree to this European law.” Germany could not agree to a de facto ban on the internal combustion engine. Openness to technology is an essential part of a market economy.

Lindner and Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) had already made it clear that they opposed the ban on internal combustion engines. But there is a dispute about this in the alliance.

A spokesman for Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke (Greens) said: “The federal government fully supports the proposal of the Commission and the European Parliament to only allow new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles with zero-emission engines from 2035. This will be voted on at EU level.

The EU Parliament wants to ban the sale of new cars with internal combustion engines from 2035. Most legislators have voted in favor of manufacturers being only allowed to market cars and vans that do not emit any climate-damaging greenhouse gases from the middle of the next decade. However, before such a regulation can be implemented, Parliament still has to negotiate with the EU states.


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