In November 2022, Brussels presented a new reform called Euro 7. This aims to “reduce air pollution linked to road transport”, regardless of vehicle motorization, by 2025. France and seven other European countries expressed their opposition to the text on Monday, May 22, 2023.
The eight countries believe that this new standard proposed by the European Commission risks “ curbing manufacturers’ investments in electric vehicles “. Indeed, the Euro 7 regulations impose new rules on exhaust gases for thermal vehicles. If European manufacturers invest and focus on this objective, they could lose ground to American and Asian competitors.
Among the signatories, we find Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Italy and therefore France. Germany, considered from afar as Europe’s leading automotive power, did not sign the text. Nevertheless, the country has made it known that the Euro 7 standard represents ” a risk for his business “. Without even talking about the content of the text, Germany considers the deadline of 2025 untenable.
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Contested by the automotive industry, this new European standard not unanimous. The eight governments that oppose the text say ” be hostile to any new exhaust gas rules (including new requirements on test conditions or new emission limits) for cars and light commercial vehicles ».
While MEPs and EU Member States have reached an agreement to end the thermal in 2035the protesting countries are asking the Commission to proof of reason and pragmatism. Adolfo Urso, the Italian Minister for Enterprise, was delighted that ” many countries join Italy in opposing Brussels on this text “. This is perhaps too much text for a European automotive industry which employs nearly 13 million people.
For their part, environmentalists believe that the Euro 7 standard does not go far enough to reduce gas emissions. They even accuse the Union of giving in to car lobbying. To bring about a new regulation, the members of the Union will have to compromise and adopt a common position, before presenting a text to the European Parliament.