CzechThe PM will defend the key auto industry and challenge the EU’s proposal to phase out petrol and diesel cars by 2035.
While many countries around the world plan to ban the sale of cars with internal combustion engines from 2030, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis does the opposite, he opposes this plan.
“We will not agree to a ban on the sale of fossil fuel-powered cars,” Babis told the local news agency. iDnes. “It’s impossible. We can’t ban what green fanatics come up with in the European Parliament.”
The Czech Republic will take over the rotating presidency of the European Union in the second half of 2022 and, according to Babis, will prioritize the topic of banning the proposed ICE (Internal Combustion Engine). The Czech Republic will support the introduction of the necessary infrastructure for electric vehicles but will not subsidize the production of electric vehicles, Automotive News quoted the Prime Minister.
This small country of just over 10 million people has the 16th highest GDP of any European country and is among the world’s leading car manufacturers per capita. In fact, the auto industry makes up a third of the economy, with automakers like Skoda, Toyota and Hyundai.
The “European Green Deal” requires that average emissions of new vehicles be reduced by 55% from 2021 levels by 2030. Average emissions then need to be reduced by 100% by 2035, meaning “all Even newly registered cars by 2035 will have zero emissions”, according to the EU (European Union).