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EU negotiations continue for air quality improvements

HEAL, its members and health partners welcome the confirmation that negotiations on reducing air pollution emissions under the National Emissions Ceilings Directive will continue.

When presenting the draft Commission’s work programme for 2015 in December last year, First Vice-President Timmermans sent a very confused message on the Commission’s intention with regards to air quality and the fate of the NEC.

HEAL was pleased to see that shortly before the European Parliament vote, the Commission confirmed to EP rapporteur Julie Girling that the NEC would not be withdrawn, and that negotiations would continue.

Given the widespread harmful impacts of air pollution throughout the European Union, HEAL and many other organisations think that any withdrawal or delay would have been unacceptable. We had stated this position in a letter to all members of the European Parliament.

Leading health, environmental, lawyers’ and civil society organisations from all over Europe have urged EU-Parliamentarians to adopt a joint resolution asking for the ongoing negotiations on the draft Directive on National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) to continue. More information here

Last updated on 13 February 2015

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