Answer given by Mr Potočnik on behalf of the Commission
Currently no EU legislation directly addresses the monitoring of pollen or the dissemination of information of pollen levels to the public and healthcare professionals. EU environmental protection legislation or policy covered by the Clean Air for Europe Programme excludes such components because pollen emissions are not from man-made activities and hence cannot be reduced by Member State action.
The Commission has not been able to identify any current funding programme that would fit the scope of pollen monitoring and information dissemination.
The Commission has no plans to widen EU air quality policy in order to account for pollen monitoring, information dissemination and financing of such activities.