EU takes step closer to tougher air quality standards

EU ministers have cautiously opened the door to more closely aligning the bloc’s air quality standards with those set by the World Health Organization (WHO).

In the conclusions of the Environment Council held on Thursday, ministers accepted that more can be done to tackle air pollution in Europe. They also said they “look forward” to the European Commission’s proposal for a revised directive which includes a “possible closer alignment of the EU air quality standards with the WHO air quality guidelines”. 

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