The EU summit will look at the rules that prevent Norway from banning diesel cars

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Today’s EU rules make it impossible for individual countries, including Norway, to completely ban diesel and petrol cars. The EU industrial commissioner is now opening to change the laws.

This is stated in a letter from the EU industrial commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska to the Danish Parliament, writes Teknisk Ukeblad.

In the winter, the People’s Parliament sent a request to the EU Commission for a possible ban on the import and sale of new diesel and petrol cars in Denmark. Last year, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen aimed at one million green vehicles in Denmark by 2030.

However, with the current legislation, EU countries will not be able to prohibit neither marketing, import nor registration of diesel and gasoline-powered cars in 2030. The Ministry of Transport and Communications states that the same rules are part of the EEA Agreement and that it is therefore not permitted in Norway either, to ban diesel and petrol cars today.

However, Bienkowska allows the current laws to be changed.

France, Spain, UK, Netherlands and Ireland have announced similar plans to ban cars with internal combustion engines in 2030-2040. Therefore, I would personally like to welcome a debate in the Council of Ministers, and I will be happy to attend, writes Bienkowska.

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