Governments back pleasure boat emissions law

European agriculture ministers formally approved a draft EU directive setting limits on air pollution and noise from pleasure boats on Monday. The common position is based on an agreement reached between environment ministers last October (EED 30/10/01). A minor change was introduced concerning new definitions for four design categories of recreational craft. First proposed by the European Commission in 2000 (EED 30/10/00), the draft directive now passes to the European parliament for a second reading. See common position, and draft directive's legislative history.

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