European Union takes United Kingdom to court over air pollution

EU news UK ECJ air pollution

The UK, France and Germany will be taken to court over their failure to meet nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels, while Hungary, Italy and Romania failed to meet the standards on the level of particulate matter.

The European Commission has sent to the EU Court proceedings against six member countries in connection with the failure of their measures to ensure clean air.

In January, the nine countries were found to regularly exceed emissions limits set to protect Europeans against particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide (NO2), both pollutants. "It is my conviction that today's decision will lead to improvements for citizens on a much quicker timescale". But she added that the process behind legal action should be "far more transparent" to allow citizens to know why some countries are taken to court and others not.

The UK is facing new legal issues after failing to follow the European Commission's final warning in January about taking action against their high levels of air pollution, The Guardian reported.

The Commission said the measures proposed by the EC rest on the three main pillars of air quality standards, national emission reduction targets, and emission standards for key sources of pollution from vehicle and ship emissions to energy and industry.

The commission said 400,000 premature deaths a year were linked to polluted air and 130 cities in 23 of the 28 European Union members exceed air quality standards.

James Thornton, of ClientEarth, added: "This is more damning evidence of the mountain the United Kingdom government still has to climb to bring air pollution to within legal limits". The Commission has therefore chose to proceed with legal action.

Greenpeace Germany traffic expert Tobias Austrup, in response to Merkel's statement, warned that "the German government is giving the auto companies ineffective measures" to fight air pollution.

Air pollution from NO2 causes an estimated 23,500 early deaths every year in the UK. But Commissioner Vella emphasised that they are not "off the hook" and the Commission will be monitoring their implementation progress closely. If it does not, the court can then impose large fines. If a Brexit deal is agreed, Britain will be in the transition period and. The nations have two months to reply to prevent action from being escalated.

Related News:



Most liked

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Virat Kohli & Co. will can claim a playoff spot only if it wins this match and its next, which will take it to 14 points. This over has been expensive for RCB as Rashid Khan strikes twice by knocking the two main men at the crease.

Didier Deschamps explains Lacazette & Martial World Cup squad omissions
Thomas Lemar-who has scored just three times for Monaco this year-is more of a surprise after his drop-off in form. His team-mate Florian Thauvin, who has excelled at Marseille after an unhappy spell at Newcastle, is in the squad.

Ash rains down on Hawaii after explosive Kilauea volcano eruption
This eruption was the largest since increased activity began on May 3, and send an ash cloud over 30,000 feet high. Scientists said the accumulation of ash has been light so far-less than a quarter of an inch-and isn't expected.

Teairra Mari Suing Ex & 50 Cent For Leaking the Sex Tape
She said after she split with him, "he posted a sex tape and an obscene photo of me (online)", on her own Instagram account. According to Mari, the rapper captioned the image "get the strap" - a common tagline he uses on social media.

Frances Bean lost Kurt Cobain's guitar in her divorce settlement
Kurt Cobain's only child Frances Bean Cobain appears to be planning a foray into the music world herself. The model had asked the judge to let her keep the guitar after denying she gave it to Silva as a gift.

Yanni and Laurel Halo Weigh In on Ongoing "Yanny or Laurel?" Debate
And because we were given a choice between yanny and laurel, our brain automatically narrowed it down to those two options. The short audio clip has sharply divided the Internet since it was posted on Twitter by Cloe Feldman on Monday.

Thousands of Teachers March Through Raleigh to Call for Raises, Education Funding
And he told the educators they have his support. "So when we say an average salary is $51,000, that doesn't reflect the base pay". It's inspiring. "They came today because they believe they deserve the legislature's respect for helping to make that happen".

GOP Governors Urge Nobel Committee to Consider Trump
Maine Governor Paul LePage is joining a group of fellow governors who are backing President Donald Trump's nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize .

Starbucks under fire again after racial slur on coffee cup
It is unclear what actions will be taken to address the recent allegations of racism at its La Cañada Flintridge location. Starbucks also vowed to close at least 8,000 of its cafes to provide racial bias training on May 29.

Real Madrid star respects Liverpool Champions league run
BT has also announced it will screen the Europa League final between Ajax and Atletico Madrid tomorrow night, Wednesday May 16. However, you can not beat yourselves up about these things all the time and you must always keep moving forward.

Venezuela political prisoners 'revolt' at Caracas jail
Shortly afterward, the couple was arrested at her household's condominium after police alleged he was stockpiling weapons. Embassy stated in a message on social media that the Venezuelan authorities is straight accountable for Holt's security.

Congress-JD(S) Open New Doors for Opposition Unity in 2019
Mayawati, sources said, subsequently spoke to Sonia and suggested that Congress extend support to JD (S) to which she agreed. The wanna be CM said the BJP had already started backdoor talks with his party MLAs with lucrative offers.

Las Vegas police release bodycam footage from killer's hotel suite
A wounded woman told police she heard what people told her were fireworks while country music singer Jason Aldean was on stage. Sgt Jeff Clark, a department spokesman, said authorities would not comment about the documents released on Wednesday.

Rising trend of casino apps
For those who are looking for a specific game, Cherry Rush also includes a description of what games can be found each site. It used to be that if someone wanted to play a casino game they had to find a land based venue.

3 Entertaining Ways to Improve Your Business Skills over the Coming Weeks
In both games and business meetings you may feel everything from frustration to elation, but the trick is to keep is all hidden. Play Poker While millions of people around the world may play poker solely for fun, you can also play to up your business game.