Members of the European parliament's environment committee held a first discussion today on European Commission plans to restructure EU air quality policy. Early indications are that the clean air for Europe (Cafe) proposal, issued by the Commission last May (EED 07/05/01), is going down well.
In an opinion on Cafe presented to the committee, Irish rapporteur MEP James Fitzsimons of the small anti-federalist Europe of the Nations political group finds little to fault. However, he urges the Commission to waste no time in proposing specific pollution reduction targets. The committee will finalise its views next month.
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