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Parliamentary questions
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2 September 2019
Question for written answer E-002604-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Catherine Rowett (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Tackling air pollution with WHO standards
 Answer in writing 

In March 2019, the European Parliament adopted a resolution entitled ‘A Europe that protects: Clean air for all’, which set out proposals to tackle air pollution arising from the transport, agriculture and energy sectors.

In this resolution, MEPs recalled that the EU’s legal emissions limits are still above those recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and that the European Environment Agency (EEA) estimates that more than 400 000 premature deaths are due to air pollution in the EU every year.

MEPs called on the Commission to propose introducing more stringent standards in EU air quality rules, as recommended by the WHO, and to develop clean air action plans with measures to address all sources of air pollution and sectors of the economy.

Will the upcoming Commission commit to tackling air pollution as a key priority under its political guidelines, aligning the EU’s standards on air quality rules to those recommended by the WHO in order to curb air pollution?

Is there any system in place whereby cities with air pollution levels below the WHO limits can be easily identified?

Is the Commission currently offering funding opportunities aimed at reducing air pollution in major cities, for instance through projects focusing on public transport?

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