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German spanner in the works 
Germany blocks 2020 EU introduction of 95g/km car emission law
Published: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:47:05 GMT
 

Merkel BMW Reithoffer

Hopes to postpone 95 g/km until 2024 - Will Merkelís coalition go along with this dilution? - Dissenting EU members might respond to financial persuasion

Germany finally persuaded EU environment ministers to dump the agreement to force auto makers to slash the average fuel consumption of their fleets, and hopes to extend the compliance date to 2024. 

It remains to be seen if this will be accepted by the EU, or even if it would survive coalition negotiations for a new government in Germany.

One of the last acts of Chancellor Angela Merkelís previous administration was to block the EU deal which would have forced Europeís car manufacturers to accept new rules mandating an average fuel economy of the equivalent of 95 grammes of CO
2 per kilometre by 2020. 

That compares with a 2015 EU standard of 130 g/km. 

A meeting in Luxembourg in mid-October finally agreed to reopen the deal agreed in June
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