Health groups call on the leaders of the Western Balkan countries to harmonize national air quality standards with the World Health Organization Global air quality guidelines. Health experts should be actively involved in these decision-making processes to ensure the timely integration of public health measures into environmental policies. Compliance with WHO recommendations brings multiple benefits – reduced incidence of chronic diseases and premature deaths, reduced overall health costs and, most importantly, better health and higher productivity of people.
HEAL has sent a letter to the Portuguese presidency of the European Union, calling for putting the zero pollution ambition at the center of a healthy, just and green recovery and making it a prerequisite for any recovery funding at national level will contribute immensely to protecting the health of Europeans and increasing the bloc’s resilience in the face of future pandemics.
Read the full letter here