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.
In view of the urgency for cleaner air, the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), the International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies (AIM), the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA), the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), the European Respiratory Society (ERS), and the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME), have sent a letter to all members of the European Parliament, calling for urgent greater effort for clean air for health.
Full letter here