Intermediate position. Spain comes to the meeting of the European Ministers of Environment with the position of the Austrian presidency, the intermediate between France and Germany, between the most conservative and the most ambitious with the cut of polluting emissions.
This was announced by the Minister for the Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, on his arrival in Luxembourg this Tuesday morning, who called "good proposal" the idea of cutting 35% polluting emissions of cars and vans by 2030, as raises Austria, the country that chairs the EU this semester, to try to close an agreement between countries.
"The compromise proposal of the Austrian presidency is a good proposal, it is important to understand what its role is and as far as possible to get out of here with a closed agreement, I think everything else is to waste time," said the minister. .
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At the meeting, the ministers will try to close an agreement on the reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases from cars and vans that manufacturers put on the market after 2030. The European Parliament has set this cut by 40% in 2030, which supposes a level of exigency very superior to 30% raised initially by the European Commission.
The President of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, called last Friday four of his ministers to agree on the position that the Government will defend on Tuesday on the reduction of CO2 emissions from vehicles, as reported by eldiario.es.
The chief executive had lunch, after the meeting of the Council of Ministers, with Teresa Ribera (Ecological Transition), José Luis Ábalos (Development), Nadia Calviño (Economy) and Reyes Maroto (Industry and Commerce), as confirmed by eldiario.es of Moncloa.
The meeting promoted at the last minute by the president, who forced the Minister of Ecological Transition to plant entrepreneurs in a food that was announced on his public agenda, is part of the analysis that the Government is doing on the position it has to defend in the EU. The department that runs Ribera has held sectoral meetings with the autonomous communities to address this issue.
The lunch was held on the same day that the Council of Ministers made the decision to eliminate the so-called "sun tax" that taxed the production of renewable energy. Sanchez wants his government to have a clear road map on environmental issues. Among its objectives is to arrive with the task started at the climate summit to be held in the Polish city of Katowice at the end of the year.
In terms of emission reduction, Moncloa has yet to decide on a stance on the diesel tax that Pedro Sánchez announced during a radio interview in early September. The application of this tax remains paralyzed for the moment awaiting a decision on the type of vehicles affected and the exceptions for professionals in transport, fishing or agriculture.