Just a few days ago we officially learned that the European Union will cease sales of cars with combustion engines in the year 2035. A horizon that has been hinted at for a long time in the corridors and in the offices of European politicians. Although many countries have quickly jumped on board, others are not showing the same interest for a variety of reasons. Five countries seek to delay the disappearance of combustion cars, and perhaps they are not the ones you imagine.
Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania are the main opponents of the complete transition to the electric car. Each of them has their arguments to position themselves against the European measure, and they ask for a postponement of the measure. Their proposal is a drastic reduction in emissions, around 90% by 2035, but they ask not to take the final step until 2040. The request is already running through the European headquarters, so now a tough and long stage of negotiation is being considered.
This week the ministers of all the countries opposed to the entry into force of the measure will lay down the uniform bases of the proposal that they intend to raise to the European Parliament itself, which a few days ago approved the complete transition to the electric car by the year 2035. Once that request has been submitted, the points will be studied and an agreement will be reached. to see if the measure takes effect or if, on the contrary, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania will have to comply with the European project.
In a first proposal that is already circulating through the European Parliament, the five countries rebels they consider that “adequate and personalized transition periods must be established”. In other words, each country is expected to decide how and when to make the complete transition to the electric car. It must be taken into account that the European Union is made up of 27 countries, and that not all of them are at the same level of electrification of their automobile fleet. Those furthest behind are the most reluctant to transition.
However, this will not be the main stumbling block of the European measure. Germany has already shown its rejection of the date, as announced by the Minister of Finance, Christian Lindner, last week. Germany is the main car producer in Europe and knows that this change can affect it when it comes to maintaining competitiveness against other countries. Keep in mind that the current German government is made up of an alliance between the Liberal Party, the Green Party and the Social Democrats.
The date estimated by the European Union has not been taken at random. The European Parliament has in mind that in the year 2050 a zone of net emissions be established throughout the continent, and for this it is essential to reduce the impact of transport. The average life of a new car is 15 years, hence the date of 2035. Despite the logic, it will not be easy to apply the measure. Hard and long negotiations are expected within continental politics.