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EU ratifies an agreement for the end of petrol and diesel cars in 2035

MEPs and Member States of the European Union reached an agreement on Thursday evening on a text providing for the reduction of CO2 emissions from new cars to zero from 2035. This amounts to the de facto cessation of sales of gasoline cars.

The European Union (EU) has endorsed the regulations for new thermal engine vehicles for 2035: MEPs and Member States reached an agreement on the evening of Thursday, October 27 on a historic regulation for European climate objectives.

“Historic decision of the EU for the climate”, tweeted the French MEP Pascal Canfin (Renew Europe), president of the Environment committee of the European Parliament, after a few hours of negotiations.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen welcomed a "key step" for the EU's climate ambitions, which will "boost innovation and our industrial and technological leadership".

The European automotive industry said it was "ready to take up the challenge" after this "unprecedented decision", while calling on the EU to put in place the "conditions" necessary to achieve this objective, in particular a network enough charging stations for electric vehicles.

The European Parliament and the Council will have to formally approve the agreement for it to enter into force.

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