Minister of Transport Martin Kupka, January 3, 2023.
Berlin – Czech Minister of Transport Martin Kupka will discuss the upcoming European emission standard with his German colleague Volker Wissing in Berlin today for Euro 7 motor vehicles and also on the development of a railway connection between the two countries. Kupka symbolically goes to the German capital by train, the Czech Ministry of Transport told ČTK.
Today's meeting with Wissing follows on from last April's meeting, when the two ministers met in Prague. Last year, Kupka also met with the Saxon Minister of Economy, Labor and Transport, Martin Dulig, with whom he discussed, among other things, the planned high-speed line between Prague and Dresden. It can be expected that the topic will also be the modernization of the railway connection between Prague and Munich. The train now covers this 430-kilometer track in 5.5 hours, which representatives from both sides of the border criticize as unworthy of the 21st century.
The proposal for a new emission standard is causing controversy not only in the Czech Republic, but also in Germany, where the automotive industry has a traditionally strong position. Representatives of car companies, car clubs, the regional administration and also the federal government of Chancellor Olaf Scholz have reservations. She is critical of, among other things, the extremely short implementation periods.