On 27 October, the Environment Council reached a political agreement limiting the emissions of volatile organic compounds in paints, varnishes and vehicle refinishing products.
The Council adopted the political agreement with the following amendments:
- by 31 December 2008, the Commission will prepare a report that will examine the possible introduction of a further reduction of vehicle finishing products;
- the Member States will have to present reports on their monitoring to the Commission 18 months after the dates for compliance with the new limits (mid-2008 for the first phase, and mid-2012 for the second);
- in 2008, the Commission will review any new element in relation to the socio-economic impact of the application of phase II.