EU air quality law revision agreed

MEPs and governments settle on 25 ug/m3 limit for fine particles in 2015, with indicative 20 ug/m3 mark for 2020

EU governments have reached a compromise agreement with MEPs on proposals to revise the bloc's air quality legislation. The deal was brokered by a group of parliamentarians and the Portuguese EU presidency on Wednesday. It will establish the first ever EU-level limits on ambient concentrations of ultra-fine particles less than 2.5 microns wide (PM2.5).

In the compromise deal rapporteur MEP Holger Krahmer was forced to drop a host of parliamentary amendments aimed at watering down the legislation. The result is a text very close to that agreed by ministers just over a year ago (EED 24/10/06).

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