the end of the deadline, all relevant EU Member States, including Hungary, have provided further information on the measures they intend to improve air quality, the European Commission’s spokesman said on Monday, stating that in mid-March, following the evaluation of the letters received, countries.
Mina Andreeva confirmed at the committee’s regular daily press that all nine states concerned – the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, France, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Romania, Spain and Slovakia – sent out information on how to remedy the problem as soon as possible .
At the end of January, the European Commission called for an extraordinary meeting of these EU countries, for which a breach of procedure had already been initiated for the second time by high air pollution and gave ten days to present their planned steps.
The spokesman said in a reply to the journalist that he would address the matter to the European Court of Justice if they did not find the measures planned by the Member States to be credible and effective. He added that the evaluation of the responses is expected to take place by mid-March, and the committee will take action if necessary.
In Europe, at least 400,000 people per year die due to bad air quality and even more people suffer from respiratory and cardiovascular diseases caused by air pollution. Bad air quality costs more than EUR 20 billion a year to the European economy, the European Commission said.
If a Member State does not act despite the First Judgment of the European Court of Justice, a new infringement procedure may be initiated and may, after a warning, refer the matter to the court, proposing a fine to the country concerned.
Source: MTI / Image: cv.net /