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The 3rd EU Clean Air Forum is a major initiative organized by the European Commission on air policy.As in the past 2 editions the CoR was represented by speakers.
CoR 1st Vice-President Cordeiro (PT/PES) was a pannelist in the Panel on "Engagement with cities and citizens".tweets:https://twitter.com/EU_CoR/status/1461352053238755333https://twitter.com/EU_ENV/status/1461333633193627654
Mr Trzaskowski (PL/EPP), President of the Capital City of Warsaw and Rapporteur on the European Climate Pact and on Amending the Energy Efficiency Directive to meet the new 2030 climate targets was a panellist in the Panel on "Air Quality: Revisions of EU rules".Tweet: https://twitter.com/EU_CoR/status/1461660543446564875Mr Trzaskowski also had a bilateral meeting with Commissioner Sinkevičius during the Forum.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has published on 22 September its new guidelines on air quality.https://www.who.int/news/item/22-09-2021-new-who-global-air-quality-guidelines-aim-to-save-millions-of-lives-from-air-pollutionThis development was expected and mentoned in the CoR opinion on air policy and in the Zero Pollution Action Plan of the European Commission.The European Commission has subsequently launched a consultation on clean air connected with the plan of the European Commission to revise the Ambient Air Quality directives in 2022 aiming at aligning the EU air quality standards more closely to the WO guidelines.
The European Commission is organizing the Clean Air Forum 2021 on 18-19 November. Registrations are open till 4 November.The event will most likely be in hydrib format with limited phisical presence in Madrid.A draft basic programme has been published on the webpage.This will be the third Clean Air Forum, a biennial event that brings together decision-makers, stakeholders and experts to reflect on the development and implementation of effective European, national and local air policies, projects and programmes – and to inform about the ongoing revision of EU rules.
The European Environment Agency published a new European city air quality viewer that allows you to check long term air pollution levels where you live.
The European Parliament has approved an own-initiative report on theImplementation of the Ambient Air Quality Directives: Directive 2004/107/EC and Directive 2008/50/ECProcedure 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.htmlSummary of text adopted: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/summary.do?id=1656762&t=d&l=en
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/
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.
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
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
The European Commission opens its public consultation on the Zero pollution action plan for water, air and soil.Press release: https://ec.europa.eu/environment/news/commission-consults-zero-pollution-action-plan-2020-11-12_en
On the occasion of the 1st ever International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies our member János Ádám Karácsony urges that #CleanAirEU be on the top of the EU's recovery planRead more about his opinon: https://europa.eu/!mx66wM
The Rapporteur, Mr Karácsony (HU/EPP) met the Member of the European Parliament, Ms Tóth (EPP/HU) to discuss air policy.
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
The rapporteur intervened as a speaker at the Webinar on Air pollution and COVID-19 organized by the European Policy Centre.
The Council adopts conclusions on air quality.