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Stakeholders back tighter air pollution controls

A summary of responses to the EU consultation on air quality policy was recently presented in Brussels. The answers show that the majority wants stronger emission reductions for cleaner air in Europe.

The responses from the latest EU consultation on air quality policy show that the clear majorities of the public, experts and national authorities all support policies such as more stringent caps on air pollutant emissions. Three quarters of stakeholders want targets for 2020 under the national emission ceilings directive (NECD) to go beyond the new Gothenburg Protocol. However, national authorities say they should not deviate too much from the protocol.

The public, civil society groups and experts want air quality standards to be more closely aligned with the WHO guidelines, whereas national authorities propose lowering them once the EU has further reduced pollutant emissions.

The European Commission is expected to publish a package of proposals in October in the framework of the 2013 EU Year of Air.

More than 60 environmental, health and citizen NGOs from across the EU, including HEAL have already highlighted their three priority actions to the EU Commission in a joint position paper available here.

Originally posted on 10 May 2013

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