Deadlock over CO2 controls on cars

The European Commission has failed to meet a deadline to submit legislative proposals for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from cars by the end of 1992. A compromise prepared after more than a year's discussions in an expert advisory group received explicit backing from none of the Member States represented at a meeting in Brussels on 9 December, and the Commission itself is divided on the issue.

The duty on the Commission to submit a formal proposal to curb CO2 emissions from cars to the Council of Ministers by the end of 1992 was imposed by an emissions Directive last year.

Late in 1991, the Commission asked its Motor Vehicle Emissions Group (MVEG), an advisory body comprising officials from the Member States and motor industry representatives, to assist it in drafting the proposal. Six competing options were subseque

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