The adoption by European Union member countries of new carbon dioxide emission standards for both cars and vans has been postponed due to opposition from Germany and conservative lawmakers according to the presidency of the EU ministers council. The vote was at first scheduled for next week however now it will take place at a later council meeting that is yet to be assigned a date. Germany’s transportation minister has said this week that Germany would be against a proposed EU ban on the sale of any new cars with combustion engines starting from 2035. It is said he refused as he wished to have assurances from the bloc’s executive arm that there would be an exemption for synthetic fuels included in the deal.
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