Environmentalists have called it an “early Christmas present to the car industry”. And consumer groups say its main (hidden) goal is “not to upset the vested short-term interests of the European automotive industry”.
The Clean Mobility Package, unveiled by the Commission last week (8 November), did not impress green activists or consumer NGOs, to say the least.
While they applauded the proposed target to cut emissions of passenger and light commercial vehicles by 30% between 2021 and 2030, they were disappointed by the Commission’s decision not to set legally-binding quotas for low-emission vehicles.
Last minute lobbying by Germany and its influential auto industry was at the centre of attention when the Commission unveiled its proposal.