BRUSSELS (dpa-AFX) - Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing expects a breakthrough soon for the continued existence of new cars with combustion engines. The plan is to find a solution within the next three weeks - "and that is quite possible", said the FDP politician in Brussels on Monday. There would then be a separate category for vehicles that can only run on synthetic fuels. According to earlier information, this is needed so that new cars with combustion engines can still be registered after 2035.

In March, after weeks of obstruction by Germany, the EU member states finally decided that from 2035, new cars that run on petrol or diesel would no longer be allowed to be registered. The German government led by Transport Minister Wissing ensured that it will be possible to buy certain combustion cars in future - provided they run on climate-neutral synthetic fuels, so-called e-fuels.

Discussions on the topic are currently underway with the EU Commission. "We have a clear position and we believe that we can achieve a result," said Wissing. He was confident that this would be successful./ram/DP/nas