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Parliamentary questions
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17 July 2019
P-002309-19
Question for written answer P-002309-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Sylvia Limmer (ID)

 Subject:  Claim that poor air quality causes 400 000 premature deaths in Europe every year
 Answer in writing 

On page 11 of its 2018 report on air quality in Europe (Air quality 2018 — TH-AL-18-013-EN-N.pdf), the European Environment Agency (EEA) claims that air pollution in Europe causes some 400 000 premature deaths each year. This claim was repeated by a number of MEPs during the debate the European Parliament held on 17 July 2019 on the topic of ‘Clean air zones in EU cities’.

What is the scientific methodology underpinning the EEA’s claim?

There is a need for scientific research to substantiate this claim, given the very clear interest the Commission and the agencies which work with it have in showing that claims with significant political implications have a scientific basis and are more than just political propaganda.

Original language of question: DE 
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