The House approved the draft resolution with 127 votes out of 145 MPs present. The bill was not supported by members of parliament around ex-prime minister Eduard Heger. One of them, former Minister of the Environment Ján Budaj, claims that the resolution is in favor of Russian interests in Central Europe and that Slovakia needs to get rid of its energy dependence on Russia as quickly as possible.
The chairman of the liberal Freedom and Solidarity party and former economy minister Richard Sulík, in turn, stated that electric vehicles are not more ecological when their entire life cycle is taken into account.
The resolution of the Slovak Parliament will probably also apply to Bratislava’s position on the introduction of the Euro 7 emission standard for motor vehicles, which, according to experts, will mean the end of the production of affordable small cars. Italian Transport Minister Matteo Salvini said on Tuesday that Italy and its EU allies, including the Czech Republic and Slovakia, have enough power to block the norm.
Italy and its allies, including the Czech Republic, have the power to block Euro 7, Salvini thinks
At the end of March, the EU member states already approved the rules for ending the sale of gasoline and diesel cars in 2035. Before this vote, the European Committee of the Slovak Parliament obliged the Minister of the Environment to join the EU countries that oppose the ban on the sale of new passenger cars with internal combustion engines engines after 2035 and against tightening emission standards for new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles.
However, according to the deputies, the Slovak Ministry of the Environment sent a proposal to the European Committee to change Slovakia’s position in favor of banning internal combustion engines, and with regard to the decision-making procedure in this matter, it subsequently considered that its proposal was accepted without discussion in this committee. On Monday, the previous government of Prime Minister Eduard Heger was replaced by an official cabinet.
The now approved resolution of the Slovak parliament is milder than the original decision of its European committee, which assumed that the country would be without any exceptions against the introduction of a ban on the sale of cars with internal combustion engines.
For several years, Slovakia has maintained the position of the largest car manufacturer in the world in terms of population. The automotive industry is the main engine of the country’s economy. Kia, Jaguar Land Rover, Stellantis and Volkswagen have their factories in Slovakia. They will be joined by the plant of the Volvo car company, which announced last summer that it will build a factory for the production of electric cars in the east of Slovakia.
77 percent of Czechs disagree with the ban on internal combustion engines
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