Commission prepares air pollution action plan

By mid-2005, the Commission will present a new action plan to
reduce air pollution. It has launched an internet
consultation inviting stakeholder input on its
future policy measures.

Although the quality of Europe’s air has improved over the last
ten years, there are still serious problems as a result of high
ozone levels or particulate pollution. Small particulate pollution
in particular is leading to increasing cardiovascular
problems, as well as  respiratory diseases. 

A recent report by the  United Nations Economic
Commission for Europe (UNECE) has stated that particulate matter in
the air is reducing life expectancy of some Europeans by two years
or more.

The Commission’s internet consultation on air pollution will run
until 31 January 2005. Results will be published in March 2005 and
the Commission’s new action plan on reducing air pollution can be
expected around mid-2005.

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