BRUSSELS -- EU countries largely agreed on a compromise proposal presented by Spain for weaker Euro 7 emissions limits, diplomatic sources said on Friday.
The proposal is a watered down version of the initial European Commission pitch to tighten emissions limits for non-CO2 pollutants such carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide from brakes and tires.
Eight EU nations — including France and Italy — have opposed tighter rules, arguing that automakers are already under strain to meet the bloc's planned ban on sales of new CO2-emitting cars in 2035 to reduce greenhouse gases.
The European Union has been progressively tightening road vehicle emission limits since the first set of regulations, known as Euro 1, in 1992.
Final details on the compromise still need to be approved at an EU ministerial meeting on Monday before a final position is ready to be debated with the European Parliament and the Commission.