Sun comes out for EU air pollution laws

Midnight talks yield compromise deals on national emission ceilings, power station pollution limits

The council of ministers and the European parliament have reached virtual agreements on two major new EU air quality laws. The first will set national emission ceilings (NECs) on four pollutants; the second will further limit pollution from large combustion plants (LCPs).

A first conciliation meeting between MEPs and EU government representatives was held yesterday evening and continued until 3am this morning. By the end, majorities on both sides were ready to support draft deals on both directives, though the departure of some MEPs meant the agreements could not be officially sealed.

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