Parliament declares war on Auto/Oil standards

The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to toughen up proposed Directives on vehicle emissions and fuel quality - and is particularly keen to set binding limits for 2005. The final shape of the proposals will now be decided in difficult "conciliation" talks between the Parliament and the Council of Ministers.

The draft Directives stem from the Auto/Oil programme, a tripartite initiative between the European Commission and the oil and car industries designed to secure cost-effective compliance with air quality objectives by 2010.

Last summer, Environment Ministers agreed a common position significantly tougher than the Commission's original proposals (ENDS Report 269, pp 43-44 

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