Germany does not agree with the compromise deal regarding the stricter CO2 emissions rules for all new vehicles in the EU beginning with 2020.
According to Government sources from Berlin, Germany will oppose the deal reached at the beginning of this week, which set a CO2 emissions limit of 95 g/km as an average for the EU vehicles. Anonymous sources in Brussels said that the nation is looking for allies to overturn the compromise deal and that it is pressuring fellow member states.
“The Germans, at the highest possible level, are piling on a lot of pressure,” one of the sources said.
The member states representatives will meet tomorrow, June 27th, to consider the deal. Although the compromise deal allows for some flexibility regarding the rules, it’s still less than Germany wants. The nation is trying to protect its luxury automakers by campaigning for loopholes, or supercredits, which will give automakers the possibility to continue manufacture more polluting vehicles as long as they also build very low emissions vehicles, such as EVs.
“The car industry provides a lot of jobs in Germany and is a pillar of Germany’s competitiveness,” a government source said.