On the road to climate neutrality: PES welcomes agreement on zero-emission cars by 2035

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Electric cars on every street, with green, clean, transport available to all citizens – that is what is being delivered by the progressive-led European Green Deal.

The Party of European Socialists (PES) welcomes the political agreement reached last night on the Commission proposal for zero-emission road mobility, part of the Fit for 55 package.

The policy – spearheaded by European Commission Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal Frans Timmermans – will see car manufactures switch to producing only zero-emission vehicles – including affordable vehicles – by 2035.

With this agreement, European socialists are convinced that the EU is firmly on the road to climate neutrality. It means Europe’s streets will have more electric cars, and much less pollution. This is good news for citizens and the environment.

Europe has one of the most advanced automotive industries in the world, and this agreement guarantees that this industry will be world-leading when it comes to the next generation of electric vehicles. Affordable, emission-less, cars which utilise the latest technology will be available to all. Thanks to the European Green Deal, the EU will continue to be a driver for innovation.

Ahead of COP27, this agreement shows once again that Europe’s progressive family is leading the push for a climate neutral EU. It is a key milestone on the journey to reach the objective of a climate-neutral EU by 2050 – the central aim of the European Green Deal overseen by European Commission Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, and supported by the PES political family. It is also a key policy to move the EU towards achieving its commitments under the Paris Agreement.

Led by S&D shadow rapporteur on the file Sara Cerdas, the proposal for zero-emission cars by 2035 has been backed strongly by the S&D Group in the European Parliament, including when the European Parliament plenary voted on the proposals this summer.