Environment minister barbara hendricks (spd) and transport minister christian schmidt (csu) have asked the eu in a joint letter to prevent the procedure against germany because of high air pollution. It is expected that there will be "in a foreseeable period to a lane reduction of nitrogen oxide exposure", it is called in the letter of the two federal ministers, that on the 9. January 2018 is dated. First, the handelsblatt had reported daruber.
Schmidt and hendricks refer to the "immediate program clean air" for measures in the municipalities and the work of the expert groups, which were used in the summer at the diesel summit. "We can are you that in our efforts to reduce emission reduction, we will not ask for you, given the described facts, for further steps in the infringement procedure, is currently foreseeable," says it.
The eu has opened a procedure against germany, because in 28 regions, the burden of harmful nitrogen oxide is too high. It dates in urban areas mainly from diesel engines. The eu can therefore sue germany at the european court of justice. A speaker of the eu commission confirmed the receipt of the letter upon request. You will now check this exactly, he said the dpa in brussel. He also confirmed that for the 25. January 2018 the announcement of new infringement procedures and lawsuits against member states was planned. If then the decision on a lawsuit against germany fall, but not yet foreseeable.