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Euro 7. The European Commission proposes the introduction of a new standard for cars – Poland opposes, Andrzej Adamczyk, Minister of Infrastructure comments

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Poland opposes the introduction of the Euro 7 standard proposed by the European Commission. Its adoption would result in a huge increase in the production costs of cars and trucks. We will do everything to prevent this proposal from entering into force, announced the Minister of Infrastructure Andrzej Adamczyk.

Minister of Infrastructure Andrew Adamczyk in Strasbourg, he met with the Ministers of Transport on this matter: Czech (who was the organizer of the meeting), GermanItaly and remotely SlovakiaRomania, Hungarian and Portugal. According to the Polish Ministry of Infrastructure, topics related to the European Commission’s proposals regarding the ban on the sale and production of cars with internal combustion engines from 2035 and the introduction of new Euro 7 emission standards were discussed during the meeting.

The proposed Euro 7 standard, on which the EU countries and the European Parliament will start negotiations later this year, will significantly tighten vehicle emission limits.

– We are concerned about the proposal of a new Euro 7 standard, which is a derivative of the very high ambitions of EU officials and groups in the European Parliament, which push through solutions that do not match reality. This was confirmed at the meeting in Strasbourg. There is no consent to the proposed Euro 7 standard. We expect the draft regulation to be made more realistic. The currently proposed deadlines are impossible to meet, said the Polish minister in an interview with the Polish Press Agency.

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“The transport industry will suffer very negative consequences”

The head of the MI added that the adoption of these solutions would create the need to meet new technical and technological requirements. – At the same time, it will slow down research into technical solutions for zero-emission vehicles. Let me remind you that the promoted Euro 7 standard applies to emission cars. Its adoption will result in a huge increase in the production costs of passenger cars and trucks to meet its requirements – said Andrzej Adamczyk.

He added that in the future – in 2050 or 2060 – cars on EU roads will be emission-free only. Therefore, it makes no sense to involve huge financial resources in the Euro 7 standard, which costs will be passed on to consumers.

– We will all bear the burden of the actions of the European Commission. It is the automotive industry, the transport industry will suffer very negative consequences after the introduction of these proposals. It was very clear today. This opinion was expressed by the Czech (Transport) Minister on behalf of his government. I also formulated similar arguments on behalf of the Polish government, as did the ministers of Germany and Italy, pointed out the Polish minister.

Ban on diesel and petrol cars

The talks were attended by Deputy Minister of Climate Adam Guibourgé-Czetwertyński, who referred to the idea that 2035 should be the cut-off date from which cars with internal combustion engines will not be registered.

This is a proposal from the European Commission. Minister Guibourgé-Czetwertyński said very clearly that this will result in the exclusion of communication for a large part of Poles who will not be able to afford very expensive, hard-to-reach electric cars, Adamczyk pointed out.

He added that the position of the Polish government was also emphasized in this respect. – It is clear – at the expense of Polish citizens, we will not fulfill the very excessive, unjustified ambitions of officials and some circles in the EP – summed up the minister.

The participants of the meeting agreed that the proposal of the European Commission, which assumes the introduction of new emission standards (so-called EURO7), is definitely too far-reaching. In their opinion, it threatens the competitiveness of the economies of individual EU Member States. Introduced in the presented form, it may lead to a significant increase in the price of passenger cars.

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