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 EU heads of state calling for raising the EU’s 2030 GHG emissions reduction target to – 65% to respond to the twin COVID-19 pandemic and climate crises.
Read the full letter here