Under EU law, member states have to limit citizens’ exposure to pollution from particulate matter (PM10). In Belgium, citizens in Brussels, Ghent port zone, Antwerp (including the port zone), Flanders and Liege have been exposed to unhealthy levels of PM10 since 2005.
The Commission believes that Belgium has not taken measures that should have been in place since 2005 to protect citizens’ health, and is asking the country to take speedy and effective action to keep the period of non-compliance as short as possible. If Belgium fails to act, the Commission may take the matter to the EU Court of Justice.
Source: European Commission press release 20 February 2014.