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EU sulphur-free fuel deal gets final nod

A new EU directive stipulating that all road vehicle fuels be sulphur-free by 2009 is set to enter force after European ministers last week formally approved a conciliation agreement forged last year (EED 12/12/02). The European parliament backed the text last month. Under the directive member states must also provide by 2005 a sufficient geographical distribution of sulphur-free diesel and petrol (defined as 10 parts sulphur per million or less) to allow vehicles adapted to run on it to circulate freely throughout the bloc. See council minutes and conciliation text.

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