The European Parliament voted last Wednesday in favor of new rules for hydrogen-powered vehicles. This legislation, which has yet to be converted into law during a summit of ministers from the 27 member countries, aims at creating a common standard that would avoid a patchwork of different legislation in each country. "Now the EU Member States will have the final say and I hope for their support," said EU Industry Commissioner Gunter Verheugen. "They have the potential to make Europe's air cleaner and reduce its dependency on fossil fuels." 644 MEPs voted in favor of, while only two voted against this new legislation, despite environmental groups concerns and the own Parliament's worries about the creation of a hydrogen filling station network.

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