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.
The Health & Environment Alliance, Europe Beyond Coal, Climate Action Network Europe, Belgrade Open School, The Green Tank, Centar za ekologiju i energiju and CEKOR have written a letter to Janez Kopač, Director, Energy Community Secretariat, to express serious concerns about the failure of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Serbia in reducing emissions from large combustion plants, including coal power plants, as foreseen under the National Emission Reductions Plans (NERP).
Full letter here