Ozone, acidification and national emissions ceilings

March 26, 2000

Brief comments to the proposal by the European Commission for a Directive on national emission ceilings and a Directive on ozone in ambient air (2000-03-01).

The damage to human health and the environment caused by ozone-forming and acidifying air pollutants constitutes one of the most serious environmental problems in Europe, and urgent action is necessary in order to reduce the emissions. In this context, we welcome the two new proposed directives by the European Commission. Although, both proposals provides steps in the right direction, they are far from enough to achieve the long-term objectives of the EU’s Fifth Environmental Action Programme.