The energy ministers of the European Union countries made the official decision by a large majority shortly before 1pm.
Twenty-three countries said yes, while Romania, Bulgaria and Italy abstained, with only Poland saying no.
The vote was held after the EU Commission and Germany worked out a solution on Saturday to get Germany to stop blocking a settlement already made last fall.
Germany wanted to state clearly that the zero-emissions requirement for cars should not preclude the future use of e-fuels, which the Commission has now promised to address.
Eba Bush is satisfied.
It is an important step and an important signal. And she says right away in Brussels that the green transition is really here to stay.
As the country holding the presidency of the EU Council of Ministers, Sweden had already intended to hold the official vote several weeks earlier, after the EU Parliament did its part in February.
However, Sweden was caught off guard by the sudden German resistance and had to wait for a solution in the discussions between Brussels and Berlin.
Bush still thinks Sweden has contributed.
The Swedish presidency has really shown that we can lock down difficult solutions.
What did Sweden do? Didn’t UNHCR and Germany solve this on their own?
– No, we totally helped with that and we look forward to being able to complete it today, says Ebba Bosch.
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