In January 2003, the Commission presented a new proposal to reduce the content of VOCs in decorative paints and varnishes by about 50% per year. These limits would be introduced in two phases: the first from 1 January 2007, the second from 2010.
The Environment Council has now adopted the proposal, but the Commission is to prepare a report by the end of 2008 that will examine the possible introduction of a further reduction of VOC limits for vehicle finishing products.
The Council will formally adopt this agreement as a common position after having taken into account the Parliament's first reading. The proposal will then start its second round in the European Parliament.