The Independent reports that Brussels is holding last-minute talks today aimed at setting EU targets to reduce CO2 car emissions amid fears that a bitter row between car manufacturing countries could delay the process.
The paper says that France and Germany are clashing over who will bear the brunt of European commission’s proposals to reduce CO2 emissions from cars to 120 grams per kilometre within five years.
Germany produces more than 80 per cent of Europe’s heavier, high-performance cars while French manufacturers generally produce less gas-guzzling cars.
Meanwhile Deutsche Welle reports that EU enterprise chief Günter Verheugen, a staunch defender of the German car industry, has sought to reduce fines on companies that do not cut their average emissions by the 2012 compliance date.
But the paper adds that environment commissioner Stavros Dimas is pressing for gradually mounting fines as an effective deterrent to force manufacturers to invest in clean technology, theparliament.com reported.
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