Brussels pledges improved air quality monitoring while facing EU court ruling

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

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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