"Historical EU decision for the climate", wrote French MEP Pascal Canfin, from the Renew Europe group on Twitter.

The Vice-President of the Commission, responsible for the Environment, Frans Timmermans, welcomed an agreement that "sends a strong signal to industry and consumers: Europe has turned to emission-free mobility".

The approved text, based on a proposal from the Commission from July 2021, provides for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from new cars in Europe to zero by 2035.

This actually corresponds to the de facto stop of sales of new petrol or diesel vehicles and light utility vehicles in the EU on this date, as well as hybrids (fuel-electric), in favour of 100% electric vehicles.

Although the car, the main mode of travel for Europeans, represents a little less than 5% of total carbon dioxide emissions in the EU, the new regulation should contribute to achieving the continent's climate goals, in particular carbon neutrality by 2050.

This was the first agreement on a European climate package text ('Fit for 55'), aimed at reducing EU greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, with reference to 1990.