- Title: Merkel pledges more funds to clean up city air
- Date: 4th September 2017
- Summary: STUTTGART, GERMANY (FILE - JULY 28, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF TRAFFIC VARIOUS OF EMISSION OBSERVATION STATION BERLIN, GERMANY (FILE - SEPTEMBER 23, 2015) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF DIESEL ENGINE IN CAR BEING STARTED EXHAUST EMISSION NEAR MUNICH, GERMANY (FILE - JULY 16, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF CARS DRIVING ON HIGHWAY WOLFSBURG, GERMANY (FILE - MARCH 8, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF VOLKSWAGEN CAR PLANT CARS DRIVING IN AND OUT OF FACTORY PREMISES TRAFFIC LIGHT IN FRONT OF VOLKSWAGEN LOGO SWITCHING TO RED WOLFSBURG, GERMANY (FILE - OCTOBER 21, 2015) (REUTERS) VOLKSWAGEN PRODUCTION HALL VARIOUS OF VW STAFF CHECKING CAR MODELS
- Embargoed: 18th September 2017 15:11
- Keywords: emissions Angela Merkel fund auto industry diesel
- Location: BERLIN, GERMANY
- City: BERLIN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0026X6IZ47
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced plans on Monday (September 4) to double to 1 billion euros ($1.19 billion) a fund aimed at cleaning up urban transport, in an effort to avert bans of diesel vehicles in some cities.
Ahead of an election later this month, Merkel has come under fire for her close ties to Germany's powerful auto industry and for failing to crack down on vehicle pollution after Volkswagen admitted to cheating on U.S. emissions tests.
On Monday, she met city mayors and regional leaders in a follow-up to a summit last month at which car bosses agreed to overhaul 5.3 million diesel cars to cut emissions, and set up a fund of 500 million euros to help cities limit pollution.
Merkel, who was on holiday when the summit took place, had faced criticism for not taking the lead in efforts to cut pollution in major cities in Germany, where courts are threatening to ban diesel cars if emissions do not fall.
As the election campaign heats up, Merkel has toughened her stance, lashing out at auto executives and urging them to do more to win back trust lost since the emissions scandal.
Merkel said on Monday that the fund would now be doubled to 1 billion euros.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said the auto industry should contribute more to the fund than the 250 million euros it pledged last month.
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