Green NGOs Position Paper on the Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution

January 31, 2006

The damage to human health and the environment caused by air pollutants constitutes one of the most serious environmental problems in Europe, and urgent action for reducing the emissions is necessary. In this context, we welcome the Commission’s Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution.

In brief, our main points of criticism are:

  • The unjustified very low level of ambition regarding the protection of health and environment – this must be raised, which in turn will require more far-reaching emission cuts than currently foreseen;
  • The lack of specific elaborated proposals for further emission reductions;
  • The failure to show how the objectives of the Sixth Environment Action Programme could be attained by 2020.

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