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Towards a cleaner air in Europe: Time for a stronger vision and more action

Air pollution / DISCUSSION PAPER
Annika Hedberg , Stefan Sipka , Simon Dekeyrel , Melanie Fessler , Danielle Brady

Date: 06/07/2023
As scientific evidence on the impact of air pollution on human life continues to grow, accepting air pollution as a given side product of our economies and activities can no longer be tolerated.

This Discussion Paper highlights what the EU needs to do to recognise clean air for what it is: a necessary component for healthy societies, people and long-term economic prosperity and social well-being in Europe. A stronger vision and framework for action is needed, and this paper recommends what the EU needs to do next.

Have a stronger vision and framework for action by:
  • Adopting an ambitious and comprehensive clean air agenda;
  • Making cleaner air an integral part of the EU’s vision and framework for greater well-being;
  • Improving enforcement of the air quality standards and monitoring;
  • Raising awareness about the causes of air pollution, benefits of action and measures to be taken.
Provide concrete measures to address air pollution by:
  • Ensuring all key sectors, including agri-food, industry, energy and mobility, play their role;
  • Encouraging, empowering and enabling regional, local and citizen action.

Read the full paper here.
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