Fitness Check of the Ambient Air Quality Directive
Air quality is a common problem to almost all major European cities; in more than 130 cities across the EU air quality standards as mandated by EU legislation are being exceeded. The negative effects are most distinctly felt in urban areas, not least as almost three quarters of the EU’s population live in urban areas and economic activities are to a large extent concentrated in or close to urban areas. Cities are also thus at the forefront of tackling air pollution and implementing measures to improve air quality, and to make Clean Air policies work for its citizens.
The European Commission has recently launched a Fitness Check of the Ambient Air Quality Directives (2008/50/EC and 2004/107/EC), which will focus on the period 2008 to 2018. This evaluation process will include an active stakeholder consultation to solicit views and opinions of stakeholders on the extent to which these Directives have successfully met, or are on track, to meet their different objectives. This Green Week 2018 session will provide an important city-level perspective on what works well, and what does not, as regards EU Clean Air policies.