EU judges rebuff Holland over particulate limits

Court backs European commission's claim that Dutch plan for tougher limits not environmentally justified

EU judges have rejected a legal challenge by the Dutch government to a European commission ruling that the Netherlands could not introduce tougher limits on fine particle emissions from new diesel cars and light vans.

In a judgment on Wednesday the European court of justice backed the commission, dismissing the action as "unfounded".  The Dutch government failed to prove that it had a nationally-specific problem with motor vehicle emissions that would justify stricter rules than those agreed for EU-wide application, it ruled. 

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