In Prague today, he met with Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (YES) and his team. Among other things, he informed the representatives of the Czech Republic that the financial resources of the modernization fund had been increased, which, according to him, was welcomed by the Czech ministers. Timmermans told reporters today at Prague’s main railway station before traveling to Ostrava.
According to Timmermans, floods, tornadoes and other natural elements, which the Czech Republic is facing, most recently in South Moravian municipalities, confirm that the weather is unpredictable all over the world and it is a consequence of human activity. According to him, it is necessary to respond to changes, which is why the European Commission has prepared a climate plan, which, according to Timmermans, should also include the Czech Republic. According to him, it is a country that is looking forward, for example, in the question of the circular economy, it could be an example for many.
For example, the Commission is proposing to stop producing petrol and diesel cars by 2035. According to Timmermans, many car manufacturers have already set out in this direction, and cars with exclusively zero emissions will be able to produce some as early as 2028, 2029 or 2030.
According to him, people are already buying electric cars, the operation is cheap, but according to Timmermans it is expensive to buy. According to Bloomberg, however, their price will fall and around 2027 they will be cheaper. Timmermans added that people will always be dependent on cars and that Europe’s goal is not to punish them for driving, but to help them use cars with lower or zero emissions, he added.
Brussels is also proposing a major extension of the system of emission allowances, which should also be used to pay for new air pollution due to road or shipping transport and heating of buildings. Industrial companies or airlines should no longer be entitled to free allowances. It is from the emission allowances that money should be added to the Modernization Fund, which the Czech Republic can use for ecological projects. Funding from the extraordinary renewal fund will also be available for environmental projects.
According to Babiš, the commission’s climate plan is more radical than expected and is concerned about Czech industry and employment. On Thursday, the Minister of the Environment Richard Brabec (YES) praised the increase in the share of renewable energy sources and the carbon duty that companies importing non-ecologically produced products into the European Union should pay. He is skeptical about ending the production of cars with internal combustion engines.
Brabec, together with the Minister of Industry and Trade and Transport Karel Havlíček (for YES), went to Ostrava in the early evening with Timmermans. In addition, everyone will take part in a round table with the governors of the Karlovy Vary, Ústí nad Labem and Moravian-Silesian regions or with representatives of companies, trade unions and regional innovation centers. A press briefing is scheduled at the National Supercomputing Center at Saturday 10:15 a.m.
Source: EuroZprávy.cz by eurozpravy.cz.
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