The European Parliament will hold an exchange with French President Emmanuel Macron regarding the programme of activities of the French Presidency of the Council of the EU (January - June 2022) on 19 January 2022. At the onset of the third year of Covid-19 pandemic, HEAL underlines how this exchange is a major opportunity for MEPs to demand urgent, non-ambiguous and much needed EU action to address environmental pollution, which affects everyone’s health in our society, starting with the most vulnerable.
Today, the Commission published its Zero Pollution Action Plan for air, water and soils (ZPAP).
Anne Stauffer, Director for Strategy and Campaigns at HEAL commented:
“The European Commission today has thrown out all the buzzwords on zero pollution – but behind the noise hides zero adequate action, which does not address the magnitude of health impacts of pollution: Insufficient commitment to acting without delay, insufficient commitment to letting science drive policy ambition and insufficient commitment to ending the financial support to pollution. Take air quality, for example – aiming at 55% reduction of health impacts from air pollution by 2030 is simply status quo: this is not the ambition level health groups expect to tackle the leading cause of health harm from environmental pollution. What is urgently needed is full alignment of EU’s legally binding air quality standards with the regularly updated WHO guidelines and the latest science.”
Find HEAL’s position on zero pollution here, outlining why we need to beat pollution today to prevent disease tomorrow, for everyone.