MARINE POLLUTION: NOX STANDARDS.
The member states will vote as they see fit at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) on the report concerning the entry into force of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission standards. The IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee is expected to adopt a position during a session held from 31 March to 4 April on a five-year report - from 2016 to 2021 - involving more severe standards for NOx emissions coming from vessels. The European Commission wanted to get the Council to adopt a decision in which the EU opposes this report, which would have roped in the EU28. As it does not involve an area of EU competence - which the Council's legal service confirmed - the member states unanimously decided not to go ahead with it. They will therefore not be bound by the Council's decision during the IMO meeting. The Commission spoke out against and stressed that keeping the original deadline was important to ensure a higher level of environmental protection.
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|Date:||Mar 26, 2014|
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