Italy says “no” to Europe!

Italy does not agree with the end of the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2035 proposed by the European Commission as part of the “Fit for 55” climate reform package. This is what Giancarlo Giorgetti, Minister of Economic Development, declared on November 24 during the questioning session in the Chamber of Deputies.

The government “considers it necessary to propose to the European Commission a revision of the aforementioned package in order to promote the management of ecological transition which takes into account the needs of the Italian automotive industry and the social aspects related to it “.

A battle that will be played out in Brussels

Translated, this means that, according to the executive, Italy is not yet ready to consider removing thermal cars from dealerships in 14 years. According to Mr Giorgetti, the impact on the Italian components industry, which has always been considered one of the best in the sector, would be too great. At this point, the battle for electric cars will be played entirely in Brussels.

Half a surprise

This decision is not very surprising, however, given that the head of the Italian ministry of development economy had already made known the government’s position in recent weeks during an interview with the daily Corriere della Sera. On this occasion, Mr. Giorgetti explained why Italy had not joined the Cop26 pact which, like Fit for 55, provides for the shutdown of combustion engines in 2035 in advanced markets, and in 2040 in the rest of the world. world.

“We must approach the ecological transition with a technologically neutral approach”, the minister said, noting that “decarbonization cannot become synonymous with electricity” and that, for this reason, “we cannot immediately reject other leads”. Mr. Giorgetti was even more explicit, stating that “research and development must continue on other non-fossil fuels, in which our companies are making significant investments”.

The minister also spared no words yesterday, stating that these issues were “reiterated during the conference Cop26 from Glasgow, where Italy, as well as Germany, did not share the findings “.

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