Controversial f-gas vote goes to council

Ministers asked to solve impasse over environment versus internal market legal basis

A row over the legal basis for proposed EU controls on fluorinated greenhouse gases (f-gases) is set to dominate ministerial talks on the plan due next week. A growing group of countries now wants to make environment the single legal base. This would give greater scope for individual member states to introduce or maintain tougher national controls.

As proposed by the European Commission the law would have been entirely an internal market measure. By this summer it was clear that many member states were unhappy with this.

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