Strategies and policies

The European Commission proposes measures to protect human health that focus on a wide range of pollution sources such as cars, industry and agricultural activities.

The partnership on air quality formulates proposals for better regulation, better funding and a better knowledge base. It also promotes the exchange of knowledge and experience.

Main documents

Clean Air Policy Package (2013)

Cleaner air for all

Other documents

Thematic strategy on air pollution [COM(2005) 446]

Sustainable urban mobility plans - guidelines for development and implementation (2013)

Call for smarter urban vehicle access regulations [SWD(2013) 526 final]

Decision 1386/2013/EU - general EU environnment action programme to 2020 'Living well, within the limits of our planet' (2013)

Factsheet: 7th EAP - general EU environment action programme to 2020

Urban data and studies

Main data and studies

Urban data platform

Catalogue of air-quality measures

Eurobarometer survey

Life and air quality (brochure)

Other data and studies

AQ e-Reporting


ECHI Data Tool

Air Quality Now


Air quality in Europe - 2015 report

Quality of life in European cities (2015)

Research findings in support of EU air policy review

Air pollution sources in 3 Danube-region cities: implications for implementation of air-quality directives

Funding opportunities and advice


European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)

European Structural and Investment Funds

Urban Innovative Actions (UIA)


Horizon 2020



European Investment Project Portal

European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH)

Beginner's Guide to EU Funding

Accessing regional-policy funds






CIVITAS (2020)

Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy 


European Green Capital Award (EGCA)

European Green Leaf (EGL)

CityStar (RegioStars)

European Mobility Week Award

Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan Award

European Capital of Innovation

Project examples

LIFE Project database

REGIO project database

Horizon 2020 database

Testing and development of air-quality mitigation measures in Southern Europe

CLEAN AIR - Clean air in Cities
Effective implementation of Air Quality Directive: networks of regional and local administrations and NGOs, capacity-building and awareness-raising

Methodology for planning local, cost-effective air-quality policies in line with national and EU action

Community-based environmental monitoring and information system focused on urban air pollution

Improving regional development policies in air-quality protection, sustainable transport and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions 

Collaborative project supported through the Commission's Energy Efficient Buildings Public Private Partnership 

Evaluation and comparison of potential air-quality policies in terms of individuals’ preferences and acceptability 

EU legislation

Main laws

Directive 2008/50/EC on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe

Directive 2004/107/EC relating to arsenic, cadmium, mercury, nickel and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in ambient air

Directive 2001/81/EC on national emission ceilings for certain atmospheric pollutants

Other laws

Decision 280/2004/EC on a mechanism for monitoring Community greenhouse gas emissions and for implementing the Kyoto Protocol

Regulation EC 166/2006 on the establishment of a European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register

Directive 2008/50/EC on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe

Directive 2014/94/EU on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure

Directive 2009/33/EC on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles

Directive 1999/94/EC on the availability of consumer information on fuel economy and CO2 emissions in respect of the marketing of new passenger cars

Directive 2009/125/EC establishing a framework for the setting of ecodesign requirements for energy-related products

Directive 2010/75/EU on industrial emissions

Decision 2011/850/EU laying down the rules for Directives 2004/107/EC and 2008/50/EC as regards the reciprocal exchange of information and reporting on ambient air quality

Directive 2015/2193 on medium combustion plants

Directive 1999/30/EC relating to limit values for sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and oxides of nitrogen, particulate matter and lead in ambient air

Directive 96/62/EC on ambient air quality assessment and management

Directive 2000/69/EC relating to limit values for benzene and carbon monoxide in ambient air

Directive 2002/3/EC relating to ozone in ambient air

Decision 97/101/EC establishing a reciprocal exchange of information and data from networks and individual stations measuring ambient air pollution within Member States

Decision 2004/461/EC laying down a questionnaire to be used for annual reporting on ambient air quality assessment

Decision 2004/224/EC  laying down arrangements for the submission of information on plans or programmes in relation to limit values for certain pollutants in ambient air

Directive 80/779/EEC on air quality limit values and guide values for sulphur dioxide and suspended particulates

Directive 85/580/EEC adapting, on account of the accession of Spain and Portugal, Directive 85/203/EEC on air quality standards for nitrogen dioxide

Revision of Directive 2001/81/EC on national emission ceilings for certain atmospheric pollutants