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Council adopts common position on car emission Directive

The Council has adopted a common position with a view to implementing a Directive relating to measures to be taken against air pollution by emissions from motor vehicles and amending Directive 70/220/EEC. The new Directive deals with the amended procedures relating to the gra...

The Council has adopted a common position with a view to implementing a Directive relating to measures to be taken against air pollution by emissions from motor vehicles and amending Directive 70/220/EEC. The new Directive deals with the amended procedures relating to the granting of EU type-approval and certificates of conformity. It calls on the Council to adopt, before 30 June 1996, proposals for measures for the year 2000, aimed at substantially reducing motor vehicle emissions. The Commission is to undertake an analysis of the environmental, technological and cost-effectiveness aspects of these measures. The Directive not only ensures that strict environmental standards will be enforced in the European Union for car emissions but creates a stable regulatory environment for new standards needed to carry out the important restructuring necessary to ensure the future competitiveness of the automobile industry.