Italy in the Defence Against the End of the Internal Combustion Engine in 2035

Italian Transport Minister Matteo Salvini strongly opposes the European Parliament’s approval of the end of sales of new combustion engine cars in 2035. He says it is “madness” that Rome will try to oppose.

This vote is “complete madness, folly, an ideological choice or bad faith”, the leader of the far-right Lega lashed out on Rete 4 television channel on Tuesday evening to try to oppose” the entry into force of this European regulation “or at least try to delay it,” said Salvini.

“How could Italian MEPs vote for a measure that destroys the jobs of Italian workers and only benefits China,” said the deputy prime minister. MEPs from the coalition of right-wing and far-right parties led by Giorgia Meloni voted against the text, unlike MPs from the centre and left.

The European Commission’s proposal was approved by the 27 member states of the European Union, including Italy, in June 2022, before the Meloni government came to power in October 2022.

After the vote in the European Parliament, the European Council still has to give the formal green light before the text enters into force.

Italian Business Minister Adolfo Urso said on Rai Radio 1 that Italy lags far behind. “In Italy, there are barely 36,000 electric charging stations, compared to 90,000 in small Holland.” Georgia Meloni argued that energy transition “should be gradual and not penalize Italian and European companies in a global market where such strict rules do not exist”.

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