Portugal will not be given more time to meet the EU’s annual average limit on nitrogen dioxide (NO2), the European Commission has ruled. The Portuguese government sought to delay meeting the limit value of 40 micrograms per cubic metre in the cities of Lisbon, Braga and Porto until 2015. The rejection puts Portugal in line for infringement action. Several other member states have had their requests for a derogation turned down.
Commission decisions on requests for NO2 derogations from France, Germany, Luxembourg and Spain are expected by the end of the year.
Source: ENDS Europe Daily, 30 October 2012
European Commission on air quality derogations: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/air/quality/legislation/time_extensions.htm