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Fitness check of the EU Ambient Air Quality Directives (Directive 2004/107/EC and 2008/50/EC)
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26 July 2017 - 23 August 2017
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European Environmental Bureau (Belgium)
The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) is Europe’s largest network of environmental citizens' organisations. We bring together around 140 civil society organisations from more than 30 European countries. We stand for sustainable development, environmental justice and participatory democracy. EEB supports the proposal of conducting a comprehensive evaluation of how the EU Ambient Air Quality Directives have contributed to ensure a cleaner air...
German Chamber of Commerce (Germany)
Summary The DIHK supports the EU Commission's efforts to maintain air quality and further develop the Air Quality Directive. The overall assessment of the current air quality directive by the DIHK is assorted: The clean air plans drawn up and updated in Germany, as a result of the European Directive, have led to additional information and knowledge about air quality in general. The DIHK therefore supports the EU Commission's intention to...
AEGPL - European LPG Association (Belgium)
Background The implementation of the Air Quality Directives certainly helped to contribute to the improvement of air quality in Europe. Both PM2.5 and PM10 emissions steadily decreased over the past 10 years. However, the European Commission found that, in 16 Member States, PM concentrations were still above the legal limits and has started infringement procedures against these countries. EEA data show that the commercial and residential...
European Respiratory Society (Belgium)
Air pollution is serious health determinant, currently responsible for the premature death of over 400,000 European citizens a year. In addition to mortality, it has a huge impact on the quality of life of those suffering from chronic respiratory and other chronic diseases. As a professional medical organisation, we consider the issue of ambient air pollution to be first and foremost a health question. This consideration must be key to any...
In the opinion of the German skilled crafts sector, the Ambient Air Quality Directives form an important pillar in the European air quality policy instruments. Current problems with the implementation of the directive result less from intrinsic shortcomings of this directive than from the interaction of the Ambient Air Directives with other, notably source-related specifications. In the initial phase, for example, the inconsistency between...
Here are some suggestions on the purposes evalutation and on the issues proposed to be examined in FC: Diagram, Section C.1: Why not add a new block with the aim to consider that member states need to organize assessment activities based also on objective estimation and modelling and not only on the basis of air quality monitoring data (from AQ network)? Section C.1: To what extent do the existing guidelines support the implementation of the...