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Compromise raises EU limit on crop biofuels

European farmers have welcomed a compromise between MEPs and EU Ministers that would raise a proposed limit on the amount of crops grown for biofuel production. The European Parliament’s Environment Committee agreed with a 7% cap on the amount of EU transport fuel that should be derived from cereal and oilseed crops. It had wanted a 6% cap, as had the full Parliament at its first reading last year, but Ministers supported a 7% limit. The European Commission originally proposed 5%, to keep agricultural land for food production and encourage a switch to biofuels from other sources. But farmers’ group Copa-Cogeca has long argued that a lower cap would cause the oilseed rape area to decline, and disrupt other crop and feed markets. The compromise needs to be accepted in a full parliamentary vote, due later this month.

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