The European Commission has initiated a fitness check of the two EU Ambient Air Quality (AAQ) Directives (Directives 2008/50/EC and 2004/107/EC). [1]

These Directives set air quality standards and requirements to ensure that Member States monitor and/or assess air quality in their territory, in a harmonised and comparable manner. The fitness check also considers the corresponding Implementing Decision 2011/850/EC and Commission Directive EU/2015/1480.

The fitness check of the AAQ Directives draws on experience in all Member States, focusing on the period from 2008 to 2018 (i.e. the period in which both Directives were in force). It covers all articles and provisions of the two Directives, looking at the role they have played in meeting the objectives. The fitness check evaluates the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and EU added value of the AAQ Directives. For more information on this fitness check, please consult the Fitness check of the EU Ambient Air Quality Directives Roadmap.

The fitness check allows the public to participate effectively through a comprehensive stakeholder consultation. For more information about the consultation activities of this fitness check please consult the consultation strategy. In order to receive feedback on this consultation, the European Commission has organised a number of events: 

  • Online Public Consultation: i.e. to collect views and opinions including via a survey, was carried out in the period 8 May to 31 July 2018. A summary of received contributions can be found here.
  • Side event during EU Green Week: this event (24 May 2018) provided the city-level perspective on what works well, and what does not, as regards EU Clean Air policies (a summary is available here; see also the Green Week website)
  • First Stakeholder Workshop: this workshop (18 June 2018) collected stakeholders’ views on the main objectives of the Directives within the framework of the evaluation criteria. You can find more information here.
  • Second Stakeholder Workshop: was organised on 15 January 2019 to receive final feedback to assist in the completion of the evaluation. The meeting was well attended. More information can be found here.

The findings of the fitness check will inform further reflections on whether the AAQ Directives are fit for purpose and continue to provide the appropriate legislative framework to ensure protection from adverse impacts on, and risks to, human health and the environment.