European environment ministers have agreed to set maximum limits on organic solvents in paints and varnishes from 2007 under a new EU directive. A second round of tighter curbs will enter force for some products from 2010.
The ministerial deal, reached at a council meeting in Luxembourg on Monday, is close to the European parliament's first reading position adopted last month (EED 26/09/03). This suggests a second reading will be uncomplicated and a conciliation unlikely.
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