Eight EU countries, including the Czech Republic, signed a document critical of the Euro 7 standard

Update: 22.05.2023 18:19

Brussels – Eight countries of the European Union sent a joint document to Brussels today, in which they strongly criticize the upcoming Euro 7 emission standard. The group of signatories includes, among others, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, France and Italy. The document available to ČTK describes the upcoming rules as unrealistic.

The text, which was sent to the European Commission (EC) and other member states, claims that the targets set by the new standard “do not appear to be realistic”. The Group of Eight countries add that they oppose new and tougher emissions rules for cars and vans because “the new rules would drain investment in the (auto) industry” needed to meet the 2035 targets and develop electric cars. The country also disagrees with the upcoming measurement of emissions from brakes and tires.

The document was signed by France, Italy, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. If all of these countries voted against the new standard, it would not pass.

This year, EU countries and MEPs intend to discuss the tightening of emission rules, which were proposed by the European Commission last November in order to reduce harmful emissions emitted by cars. The standard should apply to cars and vans from July 2025 and to buses and trucks two years later.

The Czech government criticizes the proposal, and Prime Minister Petr Fiala has stated that he hopes for a more realistic version. According to Italian Transport Minister Matteo Salvini, the proposed emission standard is “unequivocally bad” and does not help in terms of environmental protection either.

European automakers oppose the proposed emission standard, saying it is too costly, hasty and unnecessary. According to them, it would involve large expenses and this money spent, which could be missing in the upcoming transition to the production of electric cars. The EC says the strict rules are needed to reduce harmful emissions and also to avoid a repeat of the emissions test-rigging scandal faced by carmaker Volkswagen.

Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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