New air quality infringement decisions

In its February infringements package, the Commission sent letters of formal notice to Romania, Greece and Malta, calling on them to adopt National Air Pollution Control Programmes and to communicate them to the Commission, as required under the National Emissions Ceilings Directive. Such programmes should have been adopted and reported by 1 April 2019.

Reasoned opinions were sent to Greece and Portugal, urging them to comply with the requirements of the Ambient Air Quality Directive. Greece has not taken adequate measures to reduce as soon as possible NO₂ pollution in Athens, which has been above the maximum threshold since 2010. Moreover, Greece has not provided data about the situation across its territory for certain years and has incorrect and inadequate air pollution monitoring in certain areas.

In Portugal, the limit values for NO₂ are exceeded in several zones, and the measures taken to lower air pollution as soon as possible and keep it under control have been ineffective. Portugal should also establish the proper functioning of the system to monitor air pollution.

Source: European Commission, 12 February 2020

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