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13 Nov 2018

Utility vehicle branches of Daimler and VW oppose EU emissions reduction plans

dpa / Süddeutsche Zeitung

The heads of the work councils of the utility vehicle branches of German carmakers Daimler and VW have criticised the EU’s plans for CO2 emissions reduction for heavy-good vehicles as “excessive and existence-threatening” for their sectors, news agency dpa reports in an article carried by Süddeutsche Zeitung. “If the goal of the European Commission and the European Parliament is to destroy the European utility vehicle industry, they’re on the right way to get there,” Saki Stimoniaris, work council head of VW’s truck brand MAN said. The EU Commission wants to reduce truck emissions by 30 percent by 2030 and the EU Parliament has decided on the more ambitious goal of 35 percent. “In Germany alone, tens of thousands of jobs are on the line,” said Daimler work council Michael Brecht. 

Read the article in German here. 

Find background in the news digest EU governments agree to cut car emissions faster than proposed by Germany and the factsheet Road freight emissions in Germany.

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