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Wednesday, 17 July 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Clean air zone in EU cities (debate)

  Andrey Novakov (PPE). – Mr President, I would like to start with the following. Of course I support all measures that will allow us to leave our kids cleaner air than what we have at the moment. That is for sure. I don’t think anyone in their right mind would support polluting the air for no reason, but I have some doubts that clean air zones are the answer. It’s probably very easy to find enemies, such as the family car, to blame but, let’s face it, probably for some families that’s the only way that the family could travel from here to there. We cannot blame them and punish them for the problems that we have for other reasons.

By the way, we’re having this debate in the same Chamber that voted for Mobility Package 1 at first reading a few months ago, which includes measures like the return of the truck, which means an empty truck will travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea for no reason. That was supported by the Greens, who are missing this debate now.

I think we should set more goals which are reachable and which do not only sound good on paper and remain on paper, but could be achieved. Probably asking for 100% less CO2 from cars means that in 10 years we will have either no cars or cars that cost 10 times more than they cost at the moment, and probably we would use horses instead of cars. I don’t think this is the way we should proceed and we should be reasonable and honest with the people and with the voters.

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