Belgium cautioned over air quality breaches

Belgium has been given two months to answer concerns over poor air quality, including in the EU's de facto capital Brussels, or face legal action for infringing rules on ambient air quality.

The European Commission has given Belgium two months to answer concerns over poor air quality, including in the EU's de facto capital Brussels, or face legal action for infringing the Ambient Air Quality Directive.

“Belgium has persistently failed to meet binding limit values for NO2, a pollutant gas, in the Brussels region since they came into force in 2010,” wrote the EU executive, which is headquartered in one of the worst affected parts of the city.

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