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Berlin Raises Fund to Fight Vehicle Pollution to 1 Billion Euros

BERLIN Ė German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Monday that funding to help federal states and towns battle pollution by vehicles would be doubled to reach 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion).

Speaking alongside Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, Merkel said the government would be holding talks with the automotive industry to see to what measures they could contribute as well and, without citing figures, spoke of a substantial contribution by the sector.

With three weeks to go until the next elections, the Chancellor made the decision after a meeting with 30 mayors and state leaders to begin tackling the consequences of the diesel motor emissions scandal.

Merkel said all towns with emissions levels higher than the established limits would be able to apply for money from the fund, as well as the 28 German cities that Brussels began legal proceedings against for their elevated pollution.

The money could be used, for example, to implement ecological mobility concepts, reinforce public transportation, promote electric cars and extend the charging network for electric vehicles.

The fundís aim, said Gabriel, is to settle on what has to happen over the next few years to avoid having to ban diesel motors in Germany.

Merkelís conservative Christian Democratic Union and Gabrielís Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), who together form the ruling coalition, are both against such a measure, which is to be implemented in France and the United Kingdom starting from 2040.

The opposition and many activists have criticized that the German government has not pressured the automotive industry and forced it to perform free modifications to motors that would drastically reduce emissions.

 

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