National courts are entitled to enforce EU air quality standards, according to an opinion issued on Thursday by an advocate general at the EU Court of Justice, in a case brought against Brussels’ regional authorities for failure to curb air pollution.
Green lawyers group Client Earth and a number of Brussels residents launched a court case in January against the Brussels-Capital Region, following a request from a Belgian judge, A Brussels court had found after a hearing in November 2017 that the city's plans to cut pollution did not comply with the EU Ambient Air Quality Directive (AAQD).
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