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

Main data and studies

Urban data platform

Catalogue of air-quality measures

Eurobarometer survey

Other data and studies

AQ e-Reporting


ECHI Data Tool

Air Quality Now


Air quality in Europe - 2017 report

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

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)

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.

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

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

Legislation on air quality