The Directive 2008/50/EC was adopted on 21 May 2008.
Commission press release upon adoption by Council on 14 April 2008
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This new Directive includes the following key elements:
* Framework Directive 96/62/EC, 1-3 daughter Directives 1999/30/EC, 2000/69/EC, 2002/3/EC, and Decision on Exchange of Information 97/101/EC.
Adoption procedure :
The Commission adopted a proposal for a directive on ambient air quality at the same time as it adopted the thematic strategy on air pollution.
The progress of this legislative file through the co-decision can be followed at the following link.
The Member States have 2 years to transpose the new Directive, until then the existing legislation applies. Some provisions of the new Directive such as PM2.5 monitoring requirements have to be implemented sooner. It is expected that the provision enabling notifications of postponements or exemptions in respect of the limit values for PM10, NO2 or benzene will be applied before the end of the 2 year transposition deadline.