The FDP points to the importance of synthetic fuels for climate protection – and calls for changes to the planned ban on internal combustion engines in the EU. Otherwise Germany’s approval is “inconceivable”.

The FDP rejects a ban on the sale of new cars with combustion engines from 2035.

The parliamentary group leader in the Bundestag, Christian Dürr, told the German Press Agency in Berlin: “I do not assume that there will be a ban on combustion engines. In addition to the European Parliament, the governments of the EU member states must also agree. The narrow decision of the EU Parliament would throw us back in terms of climate protection, since a path to climate neutrality – namely the use of synthetic fuels – would be closed. »

That contradicts what the SPD, FDP and Greens had agreed in the coalition agreement. “We must remain open to new technologies, otherwise we will damage our country and the climate,” says Dürr. “The federal government should strive for changes in the upcoming consultations, otherwise Germany’s approval is unimaginable.”

What the European Parliament wants

In the fight for more climate protection, the EU Parliament wants to ban the sale of new cars with combustion engines from 2035. A majority of MEPs in Strasbourg voted in favor of the fact that from the middle of the next decade manufacturers will only be allowed to bring cars and vans onto the market that do not emit any greenhouse gases that are harmful to the climate.

Before such a regulation can come into force, Parliament still has to negotiate with the EU states.