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Ten European Union (EU) countries have backed a proposal from Denmark to ban the sale of diesel and petrol cars by 2040.
Danish climate and energy minister Dan Jorgensen told Reuters that the ban will hopefully put pressure on the European Commission to the propose phasing out of fossil fuel-powered vehicles.
He also suggested allowing individual countries to implement this measure if the EU could not agree on a union-wide ban.
Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia, Bulgaria and other countries have suggested that more action is needed to stop “carbon leakage” - the selling of second-hand cars from western Europe to eastern Europe.
Jorgensen revealed that Denmark plans to form an alliance with the member states that are supporting its proposal.
“Then I think others will follow,” he added.