The deal, reached by European Parliament representatives and Estonia, negotiating on behalf of member states, must still be approved by the full Parliament and Council.
One out of every 40,000 newly registered vehicles will have to be checked by the EU authority to ensure it complies with EU type approval laws. The European Commission will have the authority to carry out checks on national authorities once every five years.
The oversight had been fiercely resisted by Germany and some Eastern member states, but they were overruled by a qualified majority of other member states.
The final version of the legislation is largely in line with the Parliament’s demands. But member states successfully kept out a provision in the Commission proposal which would have stopped carmakers from funding the national authorities’ test laboratories.