The European Parliament voted this Tuesday, February 14, to end the use of internal combustion engines. All new light vehicles powered by gasoline, diesel or hybrids will no longer be allowed to be sold in the EU after 2035.
This Tuesday, February 14, the European Parliament gave its approval, via a final vote, to the draft regulation that will put an end to the sale of new vehicles with combustion engines by 2035. This text, considered emblematic for Europe’s climate objectives, was adopted with 340 votes in favor, 279 against and 21 abstentions, despite the opposition of the European Parliament’s main party, the EPP (right).
“We have reached a historic agreement, which reconciles the car and the climate, two enemy brothers”, said a delighted Green MEP Karima Delli, chair of the Transport Committee.
But the decision also provoked the discontent of some MEPs. “The car industry generates 12.5 million jobs in Europe. We cannot allow ourselves to play sorcerer’s apprentice with this sector”, said French centrist Nathalie Colin-Oesterlé, who opposed the text. “The transition must be done with and not against this sector, so as not to generate human and social dramas”, she said.
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