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Tuesday, 11 December 2007 - Strasbourg
Air pollution: ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe ***II

European Parliament legislative resolution of 11 December 2007 on the Council common position for adopting a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe (16477/1/2006 – C6-0260/2007 – 2005/0183(COD))

(Codecision procedure: second reading)

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the Council common position (16477/1/2006 – C6-0260/2007),

–   having regard to its position at first reading(1) on the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2005)0447),

–   having regard to Article 251(2) of the EC Treaty,

–   having regard to the Commission declaration annexed hereto,

–   having regard to Rule 62 of its Rules of Procedure,

–   having regard to the recommendation for second reading of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (A6-0398/2007),

1.  Approves the common position as amended;

2.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council and Commission.

(1) OJ C 306 E, 15.12.2006, p. 102.

Position of the European Parliament adopted at second reading on 11 December 2007 with a view to the adoption of Directive 2008/.../EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe

(As an agreement was reached between Parliament and Council, Parliament's position at second reading corresponds to the final legislative act, RDirective 2008/50/EC.)

declaration by the commission accompanying the adoption of the new directive on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe

The Commission takes note of the text adopted by the Council and the European Parliament for the Directive on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe. In particular, the Commission notes the importance attributed by the European Parliament and the Member States in Article 22(4) and Recital 16 of the Directive to Community measures for the abatement of air pollutant emissions at source.

The Commission recognises the need to reduce the emissions of harmful air pollutants if significant progress is to be delivered towards the objectives established in the 6th Environmental Action Programme. The Commission's communication on a Thematic Strategy on air pollution sets out a significant number of possible Community measures. Significant progress on these and other measures has been made since the adoption of the Strategy:

   The Council and Parliament have already adopted new legislation limiting the exhaust emissions of light duty vehicles;
   The Commission will propose new legislation to improve the effectiveness of Community industrial emissions legislation including intensive agricultural installations and measures to tackle smaller scale industrial combustion sources;
   The Commission will propose new legislation limiting the exhaust emissions of engines installed in heavy duty vehicles;
   In 2008 the Commission foresees new legislative proposals that would:
   further reduce the Member States' permitted national emissions of key pollutants;
   reduce emissions associated with refuelling of petrol cars at service stations;
   address the sulphur content of fuels including marine fuels;
   Preparatory work is also underway to investigate the feasibility of:
   improving the eco-design and reducing the emissions of domestic boilers and water heaters;
   reducing the solvent content of paints, varnishes and vehicle refinishing products;
   reducing the exhaust emissions of non-road mobile machinery and thereby maximise the benefit of lower sulphur non-road fuels already proposed by the Commission;
   The Commission also continues to push for substantial emissions reductions from ships at the International Maritime Organization and it is committed to bringing forward proposals for Community measures should the IMO fail to deliver sufficiently ambitious proposals as foreseen in 2008.

The Commission is, however, committed to the aims of its Better Regulation initiative and the need for proposals to be underpinned by a comprehensive assessment of the impacts and benefits. In this regard and in accordance with the Treaty establishing the European Community, the Commission will continue to evaluate the need to bring forward new legislative proposals but reserves its right to decide if and when it would be appropriate to present any such proposal.

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