Hungary breached EU air pollution limits

The EU Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in February that Hungary has “systematically and persistently” breached legal limits for PM10, in some regions for as long as 12 years. The court also said that, since 2010, Hungary had failed to ensure that breaches were kept as short as possible. The ruling orders Hungary to comply or face potential further legal action by the Commission to impose financial penalties.

The judgment from the Court of Justice on Wednesday puts Hungary on a list of nine EU countries found guilty of illegal air pollution since 2011. Romania, Bulgaria, Portugal, Italy, Poland, Slovenia and Sweden all breached PM10 limits, while France had illegal levels of NO₂.

Source: Reuters, 3 February 2021.

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