Ban on combustion vehicles unacceptable says PM

2023-03-30 13:56 update: 2023-04-04, 13:55
Mateusz Morawiecki. Photo  PAP/Rafał Guz
Mateusz Morawiecki. Photo PAP/Rafał Guz
The Polish government will never accept an EU ban on the sale of new CO2-emitting cars from 2035, Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has said.

"We will do everything in our power to protect Polish families against another pseudo-ideological idea forwarded by rich countries and bureaucrats from Brussels," Morawiecki wrote on Twitter and Facebook on Thursday.

The European Council on Tuesday approved regulations to end the sale of new CO2-emitting cars in 2035. The EU law will require all new cars sold to have zero emissions from 2035, and 55 percent lower CO2 emissions from 2030, versus 2021 levels.

Poland was the only country that voted against the EU Council directive. Italy, Romania and Bulgaria abstained.

"Poland welcomes green transition, but one which understands and supports member states instead of destroying their economies along with the budgets of ordinary citizens," Morawiecki wrote.  (PAP)