MEPs resist government weakening of car CO2 law

Parliament negotiators signal opposition to council plans for phase-in and reduced penalties

The European parliament is resisting proposals from EU governments to weaken key elements of planned legislation to limit carbon dioxide emissions from new cars. MEPs' opposition to the plans emerged following the latest round of negotiations between the two sides on Tuesday to finalise the draft law.

Most member states support proposals from the French presidency of the EU council of ministers to phase in the legislation between 2012 and 2015, reduce the fines payable by carmakers who fail to comply with the rules, and set a longer-term emission target of "close to" 95 grams per kilometre in 2020 (EED 03/11/08).

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