Posted on June 9, 2022
The plenary of the European Parliament endorsed the European Commission’s proposal to end sales of new petrol and diesel cars in 2035.
The amendment supported by the EPP, which provided for a reduction of CO2 emissions by 90% instead of 100%, was not approved. The hemicycle’s okay to the MEPs’ negotiating position on CO2 emissions standards came with 339 votes in favor, 249 against and 24 abstentions.
Bipartisan amendment ‘save Motor Valley’ approved signed by Italian MEPs from all sides to extend the derogation from the EU rules on CO2 emission standards that niche producers already benefit from today.
The plenary of the European Parliament approved the extension from 2030 to 2036 of the derogation for small car manufacturers (from 1000 to 10 thousand a year) and vans (from 1000 to 22 thousand). The amendment was presented with the clear objective of safeguarding the production of supercars in the motor valley of Emilia-Romagna
“There are 70,000 jobs at risk in the automotive industry, linked to the production of components that will not be used for the electric”. It’s the new alarm launched by the director of the Anfia Gianmarco Giorda after the green light of the European Parliament to stop the sales of new petrol and diesel cars in 2035. “Electricity today is not able to compensate for the loss of jobs, it is not enough to build charging stations or other components. Rather, actions are needed to bring parts of the supply chain linked to the production of batteries for electric cars to Italy ”explains Giorda. As for hydrogen, “it’s a technology, it may be an opportunity, but at the moment it’s only a niche”.
“It is a very ideological and unrealistic solution”. Thus the Deputy Minister for Economic Development, GIlberto Pichetto, comments on the decision. “Europe has rejected the proposal to reduce the ban from 100% to 90%. It is difficult to imagine what 2035 will be like. I still cannot imagine the Monza Grand Prix without the roar of the engine of the cars on the track “, observes Pichetto.” We had to reduce emissions gradually taking into account the reality we are experiencing: the market is in sharp decline, research for ever less polluting endothermic engines continues to develop and social measures are needed to protect the workers involved in the transition ”.
“A very hard blow for the automotive sector: the vote of the European Parliament banning thermal engines from 2035 reaffirms an ideological approach in favor of the electric and puts the Italian and continental automotive supply chain at serious risk. A choice, that of the European parliamentarians, which does not take into consideration a fundamental and strategic production sector for the European economies and which puts 70 thousand jobs in serious danger, as Anfia points out and as we have been reiterating for some time “. This is what he claims Giorgio Marsiaj, president of the Industrial Union of Turin. “The dutiful and shared respect for the environment – he observes – cannot and must not compromise the future of the automotive sector: the total and too hasty elimination of internal combustion engines, even with alternative fuels, is a preconceived way of addressing the issue, as also recently reiterated the Minister of Economic Development, Giancarlo Giorgetti. We join in the appeal of the sector so that the other Community Bodies that have yet to express themselves realize that this is not the path of reasonableness “.