Bulgaria and Latvia in need of air quality action

Bulgaria and Latvia have to improve protection for citizens from particulate matter (PM10) pollution. Citizens in all six zones and agglomerations in Bulgaria (AG Sofia, AG Plovdiv, AG Varna, North, South-West and South-East) have been exposed to excessive levels of PM10 since at least 2007. In Latvia, one zone is concerned: Riga, with breaches reaching back to 2007.

According to the Commission, both countries have failed to take the necessary measures to protect citizens’ health, and it is asking them, through a reasoned opinion, to take forward-looking, speedy and effective action to comply as soon as possible. If they fail to act, the Commission may take the matter to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Source: European Commission press release, 10 July 2014

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