Minister of Transport Martin Kupka spoke at a press conference before his departure to Strasbourg, where he will negotiate with departmental counterparts on changing the Euro 7 standard, March 13, 2023, Prague.
Prague – Minister of Transport Martin Kupka (ODS) wants to negotiate with other EU member states in Strasbourg today about a more realistic version of the Euro 7/VII emission standard. According to him, it would currently threaten the pan-European automotive industry and at the same time would not have a sufficient impact on the environment. The Czech Republic will therefore promote the mitigation and postponement of the effectiveness of some of the proposed rules. Kupka said this at today's press conference before leaving for France. In addition, the minister also wants to discuss other adjustments in the automotive industry.
The Euro 7 emission standard, which was proposed by the European Commission, is intended, among other things, to limit emissions of nitrogen oxides and solid particles released into the air. The aim is also to harmonize the limits for petrol and diesel cars. Vehicles will have to comply with it for twice as long as the current standards, and in addition to exhausts, it will also apply to brakes and tires. In addition, the cars should have sensors that allow emissions to be checked at any time. If the rules are approved by member states and the European Parliament, they should apply to new passenger cars from mid-2025, two years later for trucks.
“The Euro 7 emission standard would currently threaten the automotive industry throughout Europe. Along with that, job opportunities would also be at risk,” said Kupka. According to him, the standard is now unacceptable and would ultimately have a negative impact on the environment, as it would limit the current technological development of emission-free mobility.
The minister therefore called a meeting of a group of EU transport ministers in Strasbourg for today, who also criticized the Euro 7 proposal. “It is a relatively broad group of countries, we have signals from ten states that have a similar opinion to ours,” he said. According to him, the Czech Republic wants to agree on a common procedure during the negotiations, the result of which would be a more realistic version of the standard. Kupka will promote, for example, the easing and postponement of some technological requirements.
Today, the minister should hold talks in Strasbourg with the transport ministers of Germany, Italy and Poland, and representatives of Slovakia, Romania or Hungary should also join remotely. Gradually, however, the minister wants to talk with other countries that allegedly have reservations about the draft standards. He mentioned, for example, France, Spain or Portugal.
Criticism of the rules, which are likely to increase production costs at a time when car companies have begun to develop electric cars on a large scale due to the impending ban on the production of cars with classic combustion engines, is also heard from manufacturers. The commission estimates that the standard will affect the price of new cars in the order of thousands of crowns, manufacturers are talking about tens of thousands. According to car companies, in addition, some models would become so expensive that they would be almost unsaleable, and the standard would, on the contrary, prolong the use of older cars.
In addition to the Euro 7 standard, Kupka wants to discuss with his counterparts today the support of an exception for the use of synthetic fuels for new internal combustion engines after 2035 and other related legislation.