28 February 2018

Environmental groups take legal action to defend EU rules from coal industry attack

Coal industry lobbyists, and the owners of the some of Europe’s dirtiest coal plants and mines, are suing the European Commission over a decision to update […]
22 February 2018

Polish air quality ruling is warning to ‘toxic bloc’ governments

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled against Poland for persistently breaching EU air quality limits and failing to act quickly enough to improve the […]
30 January 2018

European Commission tells air pollution ministers: inaction has consequences

Environment ministers from the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and the United Kingdom today failed to convince European Commissioner Vella that they had […]
26 January 2018

MEDIA BRIEFING: EU ‘toxic bloc’ air pollution summit

EEB’s Question and Answer Introduction to Next Week’s Summit What’s happening? The European Commission has summoned ministers from countries that are facing court action for breaking […]
19 January 2018

‘Toxic bloc’ summit welcome, but no substitute for legal action

Environment ministers from nine EU Member States are being hauled to Brussels to answer questions about their failure to cut air pollution. European Commissioner Vella will […]
7 December 2017

National inaction and Commission delays undermining EU air quality protections

More than ten months after calling out five Member States for their failure to tackle air pollution, the European Commission has missed another opportunity to hold […]
7 December 2017

Curtailing methane emissions long overdue, say MEPs

Methane is 86 times worse for global warming than carbon dioxide. And today MEPs on Parliament’s Environment and Industry committees have called on the Commission to […]
2 November 2017

Challenge to EU leaders: It’s time to move Europe Beyond Coal

Health, environment and climate groups are calling on the European Union to hasten the move away from coal and other fossil fuels and towards clean renewable […]
11 October 2017

Farming contributes to deadly levels of air pollution, new report

400,000 Europeans die every year as a result of air pollution from several sources – including from agriculture. That’s the main finding from a new European […]
12 September 2017

Germany can cut coal emissions, but regional leaders’ “untrue and desperate” claims threaten progress on air quality

German government ministers are being warned not to believe “untrue and desperate” claims about new EU measures to reduce air pollution. Instead, eight environmental groups have […]
17 August 2017

The clock is ticking: new rules set deadline for dirty plants

The European Commission has today published new standards for Europe’s most polluting power plants, including many large coal-fired power stations. Plants now have four years to […]
31 July 2017

New rules hasten end for Europe’s dirtiest power plants

Europe’s most polluting power plants, including many large coal-fired power stations, will be forced to clean up or close down thanks to new EU rules adopted […]