Council adopts positions on EU f-gas laws

EU ministers on Monday formally approved common positions on two laws to limit emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases (f-gases). The move confirms an agreement struck last October and gives the green light for renewed scrutiny by the European parliament (EED 14/10/04). The only new elements are accompanying statements by Austria and Denmark calling for the regulation on stationary f-gas uses to have a single environmental legal base, and Belgium, Portugal and Sweden insisting that the regulation should ban f-gases "where cost-effective alternatives exist". See adopted regulation, reasons plus statement; adopted directive, and reasons.

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