From 2035 it will no longer be possible to sell new endothermic cars. It is on this premise that the European Parliament expressed itself on 8 June. A result that did not come easily, and which led to a split in the majority, and which will have to be confirmed in the EU Council. Now, in fact, there is a negotiation phase, with the document that will be passed on to the Commission for the interinstitutional negotiations envisaged by the European regulations with the EU Council. It is therefore a new series of negotiations between Parliament, the Council and the Commission.
Beyond the frictions, however, this is an epochal moment, with the part dedicated to 4 wheels which was welcomed with 339 votes in favor, 249 against and 24 abstentions. The document follows the Fit for 55 plan strongly desired by the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen with the aim of drastically reducing CO2 emissions.
Ursula von der Leyen
Rejected the amendments proposed by the EPP, with which it was asked to apply the obligation of zero emissions to 90% of the entire car fleet, instead of 100%. This may allow for the introduction of 10% of new thermal vehicles from 2035 onwards, making the provision less restrictive. However, the fact that the amendments did not provide for a deadline for this derogation ran counter to the climate neutrality target already set for 2050. The two amendments were rejected with 264 votes in favor, 328 against and 10 abstentions.
The amendment that passed, however, is the so-called “save Motor Valley”, expressly addressed to Italy with an exemption on CO2 emissions standards up to 2036 reserved for those houses that produce a maximum of 10 thousand vehicles per year . This is obviously a proposal aimed at protecting the car companies of the Italian Motor Valley that focus on quality rather than quantity.
The majority in Parliament was not cohesive, in the vote on the controversial trading system for emissions quotas (Ets) with which the aim is to tax CO2 emissions is suitable for road transport and boilers, including domestic ones. The reform was blocked by the Socialists after an EPP amendment was passed in the classroom which postponed the elimination of the free emission allowances enjoyed by large European industry to the period between 2028 and 2034 (originally scheduled for 2026-32). The chapters Ets, Social Fund for the Climate and carbon tax at the borders thus return to the Environment Committee.