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Salvini: “We will stop Euro 7”

NOT EURO 7 – The new Euro 7 legislation is in the sights of Italy and, according to the words of the Minister of Transport Matteo Salvini (above in a repertoire photo), also of its allies within the European Union. Yesterday the deputy prime minister and leader of the League in fact declared that the will of this group of countries is to block the new regulation which should tighten the vehicle emission limits starting from July 1, 2025 for cars and vans and from 1 July 2027 for buses and trucks. The proposal on Euro 7 is “clearly wrong and not even useful from an environmental point of view,” Salvini said.

THE FRONT OF THE NO – With Italy there would be France, the Czech Republic, Romania, Portugal, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Poland and Hungary. “Now we are one minority, but we want to become the majority”, added the minister. Car manufacturers in the past also had expressed concern against the new rules, considering them too costly, hasty and unnecessary. According to the builders investments to comply with the new rules they would take away money that could be invested in the development of electric cars. Moreover, without this investment being able to be repaid in the long term, given that from 2035 cars with petrol and diesel engines will no longer be sold.

AND THAT FOR – On the other hand, the European Commission claims that these measures they are necessary also in view of this transition from internal combustion engines to electric ones to reduce harmful emissions deriving from vehicular traffic. Especially since the vehicles sold in the ten years between 2025 and 2035 will continue to circulate in the following years as well. The new standards Euro 7 have equal limits for petrol and diesel cars, with limits of NOx fixed at 60 mg/km. The intention is also to introduce a new limit for ammonia (NH3) emissions, bringing the maximum value to 20 mg/km. Euro 7 will replace Euro 6 and will be the first standard to also regulate emissions particulate matter coming from the brakes and those of microplastic from the tyres.

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