Regional environmental ministers say the measure will help reduce Germany’s dependence on oil imports
Germany should introduce a motorway speed limit, the regional environment ministers decided in a so-called unanimous vote during a conference on Friday. The move is justified by the need to save energy and reduce Germany’s dependence on oil and gas imports amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, they argued.
Autobahn will have speed limit “A Cheap, Quickly Implemented and Immediate Effective System” To reduce Germany’s energy costs and reduce the need to import oil from abroad, the joint statement adopted by the ministers said. The move will also help reduce the effects of greenhouse gases, air and noise pollution, it added.
“In my opinion, unlimited racing no longer fits in with time,” he said. Lower Saxony Environment Minister Olaf Lais, who presided over the conference, said. “We must promote climate protection through a speed limit,” he said. He added.
Thuringia’s environment minister, Anja Sijesmund (green), praised the idea “A quick, effective way to save millions of liters of fuel and tons of CO2 a year.”
However, according to German media, the ministers of the German states of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia were reluctant to support the arrangement. Both said they considered that there would be only one in the move “Limited” Influence, and they wanted to oppose it “Because of proportionality.”
However, the joint resolution, which also contained other proposals for environmental policy, was unanimously adopted on the basis of falsehood. The speed limit has so far been proposed for one “Limited Term” As long as the conflict continues in Ukraine, it will continue.
The joint statement did not set a specific speed limit, although Lies said he would support a maximum speed of 130kph. The Council of Ministers has no authority to introduce measures, which can only be enforced by the federal government. Due to opposition from the Free Democratic Party (FDP), a member of the ruling coalition led by the Social Democrats, Chancellor Olaf Scholes’ government did not include it in their policy agenda. Berlin has not yet commented on the ministerial-level proposal.
Germany is one of the few countries that does not have a specific highway speed limit In Russia, it is limited to 110kph; The maximum speed on motorways in Spain, Portugal and Belgium is 120kph. In the United States, speed limits vary between 105kph and 140kph depending on the state.
According to a recent survey conducted by the German Forsa Institute for RTL and N-TV news media outlets, 57% of German drivers support the introduction of a motorway speed limit. Measurements are opposed by 39%. The survey further showed that 85% of speed limit proponents believe it is necessary for road safety reasons. According to the survey, more than half of border supporters cite the conflict in Ukraine as a major factor.
The news comes as Berlin struggles to reduce oil and gas imports from Russia in line with pressure from the European Union to cut off Russia’s energy supplies. Before the start of Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine, 35% of Germany’s oil imports came from Russia. Since the start of the conflict, Germany has reduced its oil imports from Russia from 35% to 12%.
In early May, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck warned that if the European Union followed Russia’s plan to impose sanctions on oil, East Germany could face a gas shortage.
The eastern part of Germany is supplied by the Schweidt refinery, which runs entirely on Russian imports. It has one of the largest crude oil processing facilities in Germany and supplies 90% of the petrol, diesel and fuel oil used in the states of Berlin and Brandenburg.
On Friday, several media outlets reported that a sixth round of anti-Russian sanctions was still unlikely to be included in the oil embargo because of Hungary’s controversial resistance by EU member states.
Russia invaded its neighboring country in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the first Minsk agreement, signed in 2014, and the final recognition of the Donetsk republics of Moscow and Donetsk of Lugansk. The German- and French-brokerage protocols were designed to give special status to isolated territories within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine formally declare itself a neutral state that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kyiv has insisted that the Russian invasion was completely unpopular and has denied claims that it is planning to forcibly retake the two republics.
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