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.

As air quality is a key determining factor for the quality of life in cities, the partnership on air quality works on proposals for better regulation, funding and knowledge in this area.

Main links

Clean Air policy package (2013)

Cleaner air for all

Other links

Thematic strategy on air pollution

Call for smarter urban vehicle access regulations

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

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Urban data and studies


Urban data platform Plus

Catalogue of air-quality measures

Air Quality e-Reporting

European Core Health Data Indicator Tool

Air Quality Now


Studies and Reports


Eurobarometer survey (2013)

Research findings in support of the EU air policy review (2013)

Air pollution sources in 3 Danube-region cities: implications for implementation of air-quality directives report (2015)

Air quality in Europe report (2017)

Improving air quality in cities Infographics (2020)

Quality of Life in European Cities report (2020) 

Funding opportunities and advice

Programmes and funding opportunities

European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)

European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)

European Investment Project Portal

Urban Innovative Actions (UIA)

For more information and other funding opportunities, please visit our dedicated funding page.

Advice and technical assistance


Urbis is a new dedicated urban investment advisory platform within the European Investment Advisory Hub. It is set up to provide advisory support to urban authorities to facilitate, accelerate and unlock urban investment projects, programmes and platforms.


ELTIS is Europe's main urban mobility observatory, which facilitates the exchange of information, knowledge and experiences in the field of sustainable urban mobility in Europe.

Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions (JASPERS)

JASPERS is the 'Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions', free of charge for local authorities and promotors, which advices cities and regions on strategic planning in a wide range of sectors. It supports the preparation of projects in areas benefiting from EU funds so they meet all the necessary standards.


fi-Compass is a platform for advisory services on financial instruments and is designed to support European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) managing authorities, Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) microfinance providers and other interested parties, by providing practical know-how and learning tools on financial instruments.


Beginner's Guide to EU Funding

Accessing regional-policy funds


Forum for air quality modelling in Europe (FAIRMODE)


European Green Capital Award (EGCA)

European Green Leaf (EGL)


European Mobility Week Award

Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning

The European Capital of Innovation Awards 

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.

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

Urban Innovative Actions - Projects related to Air Quality

EU legislation

Legislation on air quality