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Parliamentary question - P-000750/2020Parliamentary question

Air pollution in Bucharest

Priority question for written answer P-000750/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Ramona Strugariu (Renew), Nicolae Ştefănuță (Renew)

According to press reports, independent air quality readings for 4 January 2020 in Bucharest showed that PM 2.5 and PM 10 limits had been exceeded by an all-time high of up to 667% (167 µg/m³) and 478% (239 µg/m³) respectively. All other measuring stations returned excess readings of between 200% and almost 700% for the two substances. In January, measuring stations recorded excess PM10 levels for nine days, the limit stipulated by Directive 2008/50/EU being 35 days annually. The Romanian state network, which is not fully functional, registered smaller excess levels.

According to the ‘Environmental Implementation Review 2019’, the Commission has observed that reliable air quality readings cannot be obtained in Romania owing to inadequate reporting and monitoring procedures. Following infringement proceedings, Romania has undertaken to comply with the standards.

What reports have been submitted regarding compliance by Romania with its commitments? Has the Commission verified the accuracy thereof?

What specific actions and follow-up measures are now being envisaged by the Commission to speed up the compliance by Romania?

Will it carry out an audit in Romania to verify the data and could it take action if necessary?

Last updated: 25 September 2020
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