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Parliamentary questions
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14 October 2019
Question for written answer E-003284-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
César Luena (S&D)

 Subject:  Low-emissions and emissions-free zones
 Answer in writing 

Air pollution and poor air quality are responsible for 400 000 deaths in the EU every year and for the fact that respiratory and heart diseases are a chronic problem. Cutting pollution and protecting people’s health are priorities of the utmost urgency.

It is therefore essential to create low-emissions and emissions-free zones, and this will inevitably mean restricting the use of the most polluting vehicles.

During the parliamentary hearing of the Commissioner-designate for Environment and Oceans, we were told that the Commission is to present a clean air action plan, with zero tolerance for failure to comply, and that it will adapt the EU rules to reflect the latest World Health Organisation recommendations.

1. What specific measures does the Commission intend to introduce and implement in its coming action plan?

2. Does the Commission plan to make the creation of low-emissions and emissions-free zones compulsory in cities with more than a certain population size?

3. Given, moreover, that the Commission is currently carrying out a ‘fitness check’ on EU air quality directives, how does it intend to address the situation where municipalities introduce new, less ambitious air-quality plans, permitting the use of more polluting vehicles, whereas these had been successfully banned under earlier plans?

Original language of question: ES 
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