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Opinion Number: CDR 540/2020
Commission: ENVE
Status: Adopted
Date: 02/07/2020
 
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS

- notes that air pollution is still the largest environmental health risk in the EU, responsible for nearly 500 000 premature deaths each year. Air pollution is linked to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, strokes and cancer. It also has significant adverse effects on the climate, ecosystems, the built environment – including cultural heritage – and the economy;

- points to the importance of including the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic in future policies. On the one hand, there is a possible link between air pollution and the gravity of the consequences of infection with the COVID-19 virus; therefore fighting air pollution must be amongst the top priorities of the EU recovery plan. On the other hand, significantly reduced traffic, industrial production and other activities during curfews resulted in significantly less air and noise pollution. Citizens could see more clearly that a healthier environment, less traffic, more open public spaces and nature-based solutions are essential for their well-being. There is strong support for this historic opportunity to build something better;

- supports the European Commission's announcement to propose to more closely align air quality standards to the WHO guidelines, which are currently being revised but draws its attention to the following considerations. Taking into account the high number of Member States that do not meet current standards, it is appropriate to provide for further assistance for implementation where necessary and appropriate and strictly monitored compliance timeframes. The CoR considers emissions rules to be a particularly effective approach, and recommends therefore that more attention be paid to tightening them; at the same time, the CoR welcomes that some Member States, regions or cities can and do already apply stricter limit values on their own initiative if they so wish;

- emphasises the need to focus more on emissions regulation as a better way of achieving clean air by reducing emissions at source (pollution prevention). The NEC directive sets ambitious reduction commitments for the Member States, but EU-wide sectoral regulations are also needed. EU legislation can ensure a more level playing-field, as stricter local emissions reduction requirements may have adverse economic effects. EU legislation should also prevent pollution being shifted to another location.

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The European Parliament approved a Report on the Implementation of the Ambient Air Quality directives

The European Parliament has approved an own-initiative report on the
Implementation of the Ambient Air Quality Directives: Directive 2004/107/EC and Directive 2008/50/EC
Procedure file:
https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/ficheprocedure.do?lang=en&reference=2020/2091(INI)
Text adopted:
https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/TA-9-2021-0107_EN.html
Summary of text adopted: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/summary.do?id=1656762&t=d&l=en

 
25 Mar
 

Participation of Rapporteur to Clean Air Dialogue (NL)

The CoR Rapporteur participated as speaker to the Clean Air Dialogue in the Netherlands.
The Clean Air Dialogues are bilateral structured dialogues proposed by the Clean Air Programme for Europe in 2013 to help foster the collaborative approach required to deliver actions for enhancing air quality and reducing air pollution in the future.
Here the webpage on Clean Air Dialogue of the European Commission: https://ec.europa.eu/environment/air/clean_air/dialogue.htm

The organizers have prepared a connected publication that includes a contribution of the CoR Rapporteur:
https://acquire-publishing.foleon.com/acquire/clean-air-dialogue/insights-from-the-european-committee-of-the-regions-and-the-eu-urban-agenda/

 
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The Rapporteur on air participated to the last Stakeholder workshop – Zero Pollution Action Plan for air, water and soil

The Rapporteur participated to the last Stakeholder workshop – Zero Pollution Action Plan for air, water and soil.
The publication of the plan is foreseen for May.

 
10 Feb
 

Statement of CoR Rapporteur KARÁCSONY at ENVI Committee of European Parliament

The CoR Rapporteur, Mr KARÁCSONY (HU/EPP), participated tot he meeting of the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) of the European Parliament.
He gave a statement during the discussion on the Implementation report on the Ambient Air Quality Directives, Rapporteur LÓPEZ (S&D/ES).
https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/ficheprocedure.do?reference=2020/2091(INI)&l=en

See intervention in the video at minutes 17:22.
https://multimedia.europarl.europa.eu/en/committee-on-environment-public-health-and-food-safety_20210204-1645-COMMITTEE-ENVI_vd

Agenda https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/ENVI-OJ-2021-02-04-1_EN.html

 
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The Rapporteur on air spoke at the ENVI Parliamentary Committee discussion on the Own-initiative Report on the implementation of the Ambient Air Quality Directives

The CoR Rapporteur Karácsony (HU/EPP) participated with a statement to the debate on the Report on the Implementation of the Ambient Air Quality Directives: Directive 2004/107/EC and Directive 2008/50/EC https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/ficheprocedure.do?lang=en&reference=2020/2091(INI)
at the the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) of the European Parliament.

Video (See time 17:22 for intervention of the Rapporteur)
https://multimedia.europarl.europa.eu/en/committee-on-environment-public-health-and-food-safety_20210204-1645-COMMITTEE-ENVI_vd

 
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Public consultation on the Zero pollution action plan for water, air and soil

 
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International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies

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Read more about his opinon: https://europa.eu/!mx66wM

 
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Publication of the European Commission report on the implementation of the NEC Directive

Publication of the European Commission report on the implementation of Directive (EU) 2016/2284 on the reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants (NEC Directive)
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?qid=1593765728744&uri=CELEX:52020DC0266

 
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Rapporteur at the Webinar on Air pollution and COVID-19 of the European Policy Centre

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Air quality: Council adopts conclusions

The Council adopts conclusions on air quality.

 
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