The Czech Republic will demand major changes in the European Union plan to save the planet. According to Bloomberg, the Prime Minister of the republic Andrej Babis went against measures to reduce emissions, as they, in his opinion, will cause serious damage to the country’s automotive industry.
Babis believes that the proposed ban on internal combustion engines by 2035 is “nonsense”. “I am convinced that the plan needs to be significantly changed,” the Prime Minister of the European country said. — “He is ruining car manufacturers, and we are against this proposal. The next government will have to deal with it because we can’t dictate to people what cars they should buy.”
The ban on cars with internal combustion engines by 2035 is part of the EU’s ambitious climate plan to transform the economy. Now the 27 countries of the bloc will have to hold negotiations on the environment. One of the stumbling blocks was the struggle for electric cars. For the Czech Republic, the bill is a problem, since the production of cars accounts for more than a quarter of the country’s industry and employs almost 700 thousand people.
This is not the first time Babis has expressed concern about the EU’s environmental goals. He argued that the “green” initiatives would jeopardize the competitiveness of the economy of the Czech Republic, which consumes a lot of coal. The Prime Minister also promised to prioritize the topic of the automotive industry when he assumes the post of EU president in the second half of 2022.
The EU’s environmental goals have already come into conflict with the state needs of another member country-Poland. The EU Court has sentenced Warsaw to a daily fine of 500 thousand euros for coal mining at the Turov mine. The punishment will be canceled as soon as the development of the field is stopped. However, Poland does not intend to comply with the court’s order, since the stability of the country’s energy system depends on the operation of the mine.