Air quality: Commission takes action to protect citizens from air pollution
The Commission is standing up for Europeans’ need to breathe clean air. In a Communication entitled ‘A Europe that protects: Clean air for all’, adopted today, the Commission outlines measures available to help Member States fight air pollution. The Commission also underlines the need to step up cooperation with Member States by engaging with relevant authorities in new ‘Clean Air Dialogues’, and by using EU funding to support measures to improve air quality. In addition, the Commission is today referring France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Romania and the United Kingdom to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to respect agreed air quality limit values and for failing to take appropriate measures to keep exceedance periods as short as possible. The Commission is also issuing additional letters of formal notice to Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, and the United Kingdom on the grounds that they have disregarded EU vehicle type approval rules. Commissioner Vella will make an announcement to the press at 12:00 CET, which can be followed here. A press release and factsheet are available.
Future of EU finances – Commissioner Oettinger visits Denmark
Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger, in charge of Budget and Human Resources, is visiting Denmark on 18 May as part of his tour across EU Member States (#MFFtour27) aimed at gathering views on the future of EU finances and the EU’s multiannual budget post-2020 (#EUbudget). In Denmark, the Commissioner will meet with Mr. Kristian Jensen, Minister for Finance. He is also meeting with Members of the Parliaments European Affairs Committee, the Committee for Employment and the Committee for Business. He attends a meeting hosted by the Danish Agriculture and Food Council and participants include representatives from the industry umbrella association, the pharmaceutical, metals and energy sectors as well as from social partners. Commissioner Oettinger is also meeting with Danish Regions (Danske Regioner) and Local Government Denmark (KL). Last, he is doing a short presentation about career opportunities in the EU-institutions at the training “Ministry talents for EU concours”. On 2 May, the Commission presented its proposal for a modern budget for a Union that protects, empowers and defends. Please consult the webpage for all relevant press material, including a press release, a Q&A and factsheets. The Commission kicked off this debate on 28 June 2017 with the publication of its Reflection paper on the future of EU finances.