15 Jun 2015
RESULTS ENVIRONMENT COUNCIL – 15 JUNEBrussels Daily
National emissions of pollutants
The Council held a policy debate on the proposal for a directive on the reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants (NEC directive). Its aim is to achieve a significant improvement in air quality in the EU.
The directive is part of the “Clean Air Programme for Europe“. It seeks to address various health risks and environmental effects caused by air pollution, and will ensure that EU law is fully in line with new international commitments by 2020.
Ministers had an opportunity to express their views on outstanding issues and to discuss how to make progress towards reaching a common position.
The Latvian minister for Environmental Protection, Kaspars Gerhards said, “Improving air quality is essential on both health and economic grounds. To find a compromise among member states, we need realistic targets and flexibility for unforeseen future developments to cut premature deaths caused by air pollution.”
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