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MEPs agree 7% limit on crop biofuels

The European Parliament has endorsed proposals to set a 7% cap on the amount of EU transport fuel that is derived from crops. The final compromise deal between MEPs and EU Ministers increases the 5% limit originally proposed by the European Commission in a bid to keep agricultural land for food production and encourage a switch to biofuels from other sources. The outcome is welcomed by European farmers’ group Copa-Cogeca, which had warned that a lower cap would lead to a reduction in oilseed rape plantings. However, the text does include a possibility for EU member states to set a lower cap. The draft law requires formal adoption by EU Ministers and is due to come into force by 2017, with the 7% cap in place by 2020.

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