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The EESC believes that reducing harmful emissions of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons and particulates from engines intended for agricultural and forestry tractors is a vital step towards achieving the EU's air quality targets.
The EESC recommends that:
pilot programmes be carried out for all types of engines and machinery to verify whether it is possible to install the necessary instruments;
the new regulation be approved rapidly given the strong public health concerns about nanoparticles resulting from combustion processes and the high level of protection that can be achieved by implementing the proposed Stage V for NRMM engines