Britain taken to court by European Commission over air pollution

17 May, 2018, 18:45 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Britain taken to court by European Commission over air pollution

As part of a last-ditch effort to bring six EU Member States into line for failing to meet mandated air quality standards, the European Commission on May 17 referred Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Hungary, and Romania to Europe's highest court after they failed to comply at an earlier stage.

The nations - the UK, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Romania - had been given a final warning by the European commission in January.

The European Environment Commissioner, Karmenu Vella, said the EU "owed it to its citizens", to take legal action.

In January, the nine countries were found to regularly exceed emissions limits set to protect Europeans against particulate matter and azote dioxide, both pollutants.

The World Health Organisation's director of public health, Dr Maria Neira, said new urgency was need to tackle air pollution: "While air pollution knows no borders and puts everyone at risk, those most vulnerable - pregnant women, children, the elderly, those already ill or poor- are particularly affected".

He said: "The news that the European Commission will be taking the UK Government to court for risky levels of air pollution should be a wake-up call".

The limits set out under European Union legislation on ambient air quality (Directive 2008/50/EC) had to be met in 2010 and 2005 respectively.

"We will shortly build on our £3.5bn plan to tackle roadside emissions with a comprehensive Clean Air Strategy setting out a wide range of actions to reduce pollution from all sources". He said: "The Commission is being forced to take legal action against the United Kingdom because the government remains steadfastly apathetic in the face of a public health crisis that is linked to the deaths of 50,000 British citizens every year".

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"Addressing the UK's toxic air should be more than just a box-ticking exercise".

Three other member states - the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Spain - have been given a reprieve.

The government's own research shows clean air zones (CAZs), in which cars are deterred from city centres by pollution charges, are by far the most effective solution to air pollution.

The Luxembourg-based court can impose heavy fines.

The European Commission's chief Brexit negotiator said in order for a trade deal to be signed Britain would have to continue to comply with the EU's environmental regulations.

It is unclear when the ECJ's jurisdiction over the UK's environmental concerns will end following Brexit.

The Commission also warned Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and Britain for disregarding auto approval rules.

Reacting to the announcement, ClientEarth lawyer Ugo Taddei said: "We are glad that, at last, the Commission is taking serious steps to fight air pollution before the Court of Justice".

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