Bowing to calls from Germany for more flexibility to protect the competitiveness of the domestic automobile industry, European Union governments agreed today to seek a revision of a draft law to curb emissions from cars.
Under a proposal that has already been negotiated for weeks, car emissions would be limited to 95 grams of carbon dioxide (CO2) per kilometer (g/km) by 2020 through varying targets for individual manufacturers ranging from Volkswagen to General Motors.
Now, EU environment ministers meeting in Luxembourg authorized Lithuania to start talks with the European Parliament to change a preliminary deal on the measure, which was blocked by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in June.
“The flexibility margin has to be narrow,” Valentinas Mazuronis, the environment minister of Lithuania, which holds the EU rotating presidency, said. “Results have to be achieved as soon as possible.”
“It was made clear from all sides that we want an ambitious climate-protection goal and, at the same time, it was made clear that in some places more flexibility must be sought and can be found,” German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier told reporters after the meeting. “In this narrow room for maneuver, we will find a solution in the coming weeks.”
The decision was made after Germany built a coalition of countries supporting its plan to delay the start of the emission curbs. It proposed the law should be fully applicable to all new cars only in 2024, according to a document submitted by the government before the quarterly ministerial meeting.
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