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Parliamentary questions
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22 January 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Klemen Grošelj
 Subject: Cooperation with and assistance to the Western Balkans on climate and the environment

One aim of the EU’s enhanced cooperation with the Western Balkans is to enable the Western Balkans to implement a green agenda. Many cities in the region have extremely polluted air, which severely affects people’s health and daily lives. The Western Balkans have also become a landfill site for outdated technologies, many of which originate from the EU. One example is the illegal trade in fluorinated gases and the re‑export of old diesel cars. Both are damaging the environment of the Western Balkans and its market economy standards. I would like to know what the Commission’s future plans under the EU’s enlargement policy are.

Does the Commission anticipate any enhanced cooperation with the Western Balkans on enforcing laws on climate and the environment, and will it help cities in the region to implement measures to reduce emissions?

Will it help the Western Balkans to tackle the illegal trade in fluorinated gases, and support the region in phasing out outdated and dirty technologies?

Does it plan to take action on the above by using its financial instruments and by supporting the Western Balkans as they align their laws more closely with EU standards?

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