Governments agree ozone-depleter rule changes

New reference year pleases HCFC importers in EU-10; change in legal base pleases MEPs

EU governments have agreed changes to the bloc's marketing rules for ozone-depleting substance (ODSs). They allow firms in the EU's new member states to resume HCFC imports, while also allaying MEPs' concerns that they were being excluded from decision-making.

A council of ministers note released this week shows member states have unanimously backed a European Commission proposal to change the reference year used for calculating HCFC sales quotas in the EU-10 member states. The change will not affect the amount of HCFC put on the market.

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