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MEPs raise limit on crop biofuels

The European Parliament has voted for an increase in the proposed limit on the amount of crops grown in the EU for biofuel production. MEPs say that biofuels from cereals, oilseeds and other crops should contribute a maximum of 6% of transport fuel in the EU in 2020. The figure compared with 5.5% put forward by the Parliament's Environment Committee and 5% originally proposed by the European Commission (Agrow No 669, p 12). The aim is to encourage the use of biofuel from other sources, rather than land that could grow food crops. However, MEPs did not agree that their first reading of the Commission's proposals represented their final position, meaning that a second reading is likely to take place next year. Industry and farmers have warned that a cap on production will hit jobs and the oilseed rape area.

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