The European parliament has approved a compromise deal with EU governments on tougher Euro 5 and Euro 6 emission standards for new car and van models launched on the EU market from 2009 and 2014 respectively. The deal will now be rubber-stamped by governments and enter force early in the new year.
The parliament backed all elements of a first-reading agreement reached between key MEPs and the Finnish presidency last week (EED 07/12/06). A late attempt by Green and far-left MEPs to prolong the talks by blocking a three-year exemption to the 2009 Euro 5 standards for sports utility vehicles (SUVs) failed.
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