Uncertainty surrounds EU car CO2 proposal launch

Commission departments still wrestling with details of legislative proposals ahead of planned Wednesday adoption

The European commission has confirmed plans to table draft legislation on Wednesday to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from new cars, despite signs on Tuesday that the final shape of the proposals is still far from clear (EED 10/12/07).

Responsibility for the proposals was handed some time ago to the commission's general secretariat - a horizontal department with no fixed sectoral mandate headed by former environment directorate head Catherine Day (EED 10/11/07). The move was taken to prevent bickering between the commission's industry and environment departments, which have long disagreed on the best way to regulate car emissions.

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