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Implementing Air Quality Legislation in the enlarged EU: Workshop on Plans and Programmes of Air Quality and National Emission Ceiling Directives

1-2 September 2004 (Borschette Room AB-OA)



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  DG Environment thanks all the presenters and the participants for the dynamic and interesting meeting.

The final report and presentations are included below. You can also download a bundle - final programme with the abstracts.

Final report

Final programme and Abstracts bundle (Word document)

Final Programme and Presentations


Plans and programmes and national programmes are key obligations under the European Air Quality and National Emission Ceilings directives respectively. Their implementation at local and national level is one of the major tools to improve air quality in the Member States. Assessment of these programmes on a European level is however difficult, since reports on these obligations by the Member States vary and are not easily comparable. There is a need for further guidance and exchange of information on preparing, implementing and reporting of plans and programmes, in particular since the number of open issues is likely to increase further following accession on May 1st.


This workshop provides a forum to exchange initial experiences on fulfilling these obligations and to communicate to the Member States related EEA and EC activities, as well as the outcome of the workshop on Air Quality Management during IUAPPA World Clean Air Congress in August in London. Its objective is to disseminate good practices and facilitate integration of the new Member States. The workshop will focus on how to involve all stakeholders in preparing, implementing and reporting of plans and programmes, among them competent authorities, decision-makers at all levels, industry and NGOs. Issues relating to the coherence of plans and programmes internally and with related policy areas such as climate change may also be addressed. The major outcomes of the workshop should be further guidance to the Member States, as well as advice to the Commission on potential items to be included in the Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution.


Workshop first announcement (pdf~130K)
Workshop second announcement (pdf~140K)
Workshop Final announcement (pdf~31K)


The workshop will be organised by the European Commission - Environment Directorate General in association with the European Federation of Clean Air and Environmental Protection Associations (EFCA) and theEuropean Environment Agency (EEA).

Local information

Coming from the airport : you can check the web page for the location and timetables of train and bus connections to the city (cca every 20 mins). You can also use a taxi (30-45 euro).

  • By bus : The nearest No. 12 bus stop is at Schuman round point, from which you continue down Rue Froissart (cca 200m).
  • By train : use metro 1a or 1b from Central Station (direction Stockel or Herman Debroux). Exit at Schuman, then see information above.

Coming by train to Gare du Midi : take metro No. 3 direction Simonis, switch to 1a or 1b at Arts/Loi (see above).