Dutch host productive EU green summit

Ministers agree f-gas and mining waste controls; discuss climate change, eco-efficiency, flood management

Thursday's EU environment council ended with political agreement on two new green laws and produced formal positions on a range of other issues. We cover a deal on f-gas controls in a separate article in this issue, and most other elements below. We will report in more detail tomorrow on signs that ministers are losing patience with car makers' efforts to reduce vehicle carbon dioxide emissions.

The legislative agreements are testament to the ambition of the current Dutch EU presidency. Many presidencies aim to secure legislative agreements only at the end of their six-month term. Last year's Italian presidency failed even to manage this (EED 22/12/03).

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