Provisional Agreement for Cleaner Air Welcomed

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07 March 2024

Commission Welcomes Provisional Agreement for Cleaner Air in the EU  

The European Parliament and the Council of the EU have reached a provisional political agreement on the updated Ambient Air Quality Directive. Once officially adopted, this new legislation will establish 2030 EU air quality standards, aligning them more closely with the global guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO). The move marks a crucial stride toward safeguarding public health and advancing the agenda for zero pollution in the European environment by the year 2050. 

The recent agreement between both institutions marks a milestone in the zero-pollution initiative, promising a cleaner and healthier Europe. By setting new standards and trajectories, it brings the EU closer to its goal of a pollution-free future where clean air is paramount. 

Virginijus Sinkevičius, the Commissioner for Environment, Oceans, and Fisheries, emphasized the significance of the agreement, stating, "This agreement represents a milestone for zero pollution, a cleaner and healthier Europe. The revised law puts in place the standards and the trajectory we need to protect our health and the environment from polluted air. This will especially benefit vulnerable groups such as children and the elderly and bring us closer to our target: a Europe where pollution is an issue of the past and clean air our future reality." 

For more information about the agreement, visit the website here.


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