Fabian Demicoli

Information: Consultation on EU Air Quality Policy

The
European Commission has launched a public consultation in order to collect
views from stakeholders on the review of the Strategy on Air Pollution. This is
the final consultation on the review of EU air policy that follows two years of
discussions within the Stakeholders Expert Group and with the broader public.

The
current consultation aims at identifying the possible options for a
comprehensive air pollution policy package that would aim to ensure full
implementation of the existing legal framework and make further progress to
reduce the negative impacts of air pollution in the longer term.

Air
pollution and the associated threats to the environment and human health
continue to be a concern for many EU citizens. Despite progress in the past
decades resulting from legislation to reduce harmful pollutants some pollutants
are still causing problems.

 

The
consultation is divided into two parts:

a
short questionnaire for the general public: http://ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/ipm/forms/dispatch?form=TSAPforGP

a
more extensive questionnaire for experts and practitioners from national
administrations, regional and local authorities, researchers, businesses,
stakeholders, health, environmental and other groups with experience in
implementing EU air quality legislation:
http://ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/ipm/forms/dispatch?form=TSAPforExperts

 

The
questionnaire asks opinions about the following issues:

–        ensuring compliance with EU air quality
requirements;

–        reducing exposure to damaging air
pollution in the long term;

–        revising the Ambient Air Quality
Directive (AAQD);

–        revising the National Emission Ceilings
Directive (NECD);

–        on major air pollution sources, such as
road and off-road transport, agriculture, small/medium combustion sector, and
the shipping sector.

The
deadline to reply to the questionnaires is the 4th March 2013.

 

 

 

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