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The Council of Ministers and the European Parliament have finally reached agreement through conciliation on the proposal for a Decision establishing a monitoring scheme for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from new passenger cars. The system is essentially aimed at monitoring the effectiveness of the Community strategy for reducing CO2 emissions from motor cars and improving fuel economy which is based on the three pillars: Environmental Agreements with the car industry; fiscal incentives; and fuel economy and CO2 emission labelling of vehicles. The monitoring scheme will also provide information on market changes affecting other Community policy objectives such as air quality, tropospheric ozone, acidification and road security, as well as assessing the impact of the CO2-from-cars strategy on the new car market. This will be done by collecting data on the specific CO2 emissions from new passenger cars registered in a given calendar year, as well as information on the manufacturer, fuel type, mass, engine...

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