New laws to limit the emissions of certain pollutants from medium combustion plants have been agreed.
The provisional agreement by the Council and the European Parliament aims at improving air quality in the EU.
It intends to cover medium combustion plants which includes those with a rated thermal input between 1MW and 50MW.
However it still needs to be confirmed by the Council once the full text of the directive is finalised.
The new piece of legislation will then be submitted to the European Parliament for a vote at first reading and to the Council for final adoption.
It sets emission limit values for certain pollutants which include sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and dust.
While smaller and bigger plants are already covered by respective EU directives, the emissions from medium combustion plants are not yet regulated at EU level.