Germany will not agree to a ban on internal combustion engines

The EU wants to achieve this by regulating zero CO2 emissions per kilometer. Only battery electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles are able to achieve these, at least at present.

The ban was approved by the European Parliament this month, but the proposal approved by MEPs will still be the subject of further EU negotiations.

According to the news agency Reuters, Lindner said at an event organized by the German association BDI (Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie) that Germany should continue to be the main market for electric cars, but that demand for internal combustion engines would continue and that the ban was not good. Therefore, the German government will not agree with him.

The proposed measure is part of a climate package that aims to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, so that the EU can achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

The German position is not united

Representatives of the EP and the European Commission will now discuss the proposal with representatives of the Council of the EU, ie the member states. The resulting compromise will be reaffirmed by the European Parliament and the Council.

Lindner pointed out that there would be regions in the world for several decades where cars with internal combustion engines would be used.

According to him, the proposed ban on the sale of new cars with internal combustion engines in the Union would stop their further development, at least in Europe and Germany.

Christian Lindner


“That’s why I decided in the federal government that we in the federal government would not agree to this European legislation,” Lindner was quoted as saying by the DPA.

However, she pointed out that the position of the German governing coalition on this issue is not uniform. Lindner and Transport Minister Volker Wissing, both Liberal Free Democrats (FDP), have already made it clear that they reject the proposal.

However, a spokesman for Environment Minister Steffi Lemke told the Greens that the federal government “fully supports” the proposal.

Fiala: The Czech Republic will strive to ease the ban

Last week, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said that the Czech Republic, as the country holding the EU presidency, will work to ease the ban on the sale of new cars with internal combustion engines from 2035 if France, which holds the EU presidency this semester, fails.

According to him, the ban should not be 100%, it should cover nine-tenths of car production due to the availability of vehicles for citizens.

Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS).

Photo: Ondřej Deml, ČTK

“We want to negotiate a compromise text of the legislation within our presidency. We will at least strive to ensure that the ban in 2035 is not 100 percent, but 90 percent, “said Fiala. According to him, it would be possible to maintain the possibility of producing cars with internal combustion engines.

“A reasonable affordable alternative must be provided for citizens,” the prime minister added.