The EU Commission presented on 22 December 2005 a new proposal for Euro 5 standards for new passenger cars and light vehicle emissions, aiming at improving air quality in Europe, especially in urban areas.
Particles emissions from diesel cars would be slashed by 80% and nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 20%.
The tougher standards proposed would lead to the introduction of particles filters for diesel cars.
For petrol cars, the Commission proposes to cut NOx emissions and hydrocarbons by 25%.
The proposal has been developed involving extensive stakeholder consultation and has also been subject to an internet consultation.
The proposal will now be considered by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. The new Euro 5 limits will enter into force by mid 2008 at the earliest.