Clean air: calls for better enforcement of EU standards 

MEPs are to set out ways to cut air pollution, in a resolution to be adopted on Wednesday.

Improving air quality requires action at all levels of governance, says the draft resolution. Cutting air pollution and reducing CO2 emissions from the transport sector are twin challenges in urban areas, while ammonia emissions and methane cause air pollution in rural areas.

Background

In May 2018, the European Commission referred France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Romania and the UK to the European Court of Justice for failing to cut air pollution. In total, there are 13 infringement cases pending against member states (Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Germany, Denmark, France, Spain, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, and the United Kingdom).

Relevant authorities in member states must engage in new 'Clean Air Dialogues', by bringing together EU countries, regions and cities, and by using EU funding to support measures to improve air quality, according to the European Commission Communication.

Procedure: non-legislative resolution

Procedure Code: 2018/2792(RSP)

Vote: Wednesday, 13 March