6 March 2018

Precautionary in principle, flawed in fact: European Commission review accepts environmental groups’ criticism of chemical regulation

Environmental groups have welcomed a European Commission evaluation that accepts key criticisms of the EU’s flagship chemical regulation. A five-year review of the REACH regulation echoes […]
28 February 2018

Umweltverbände gehen vor Gericht, um EU-Grenzwerte gegen die deutsche Kohlelobby zu verteidigen

Lobbyisten der Kohleindustrie und die deutschen Eigentümer von einigen der schmutzigsten Kohlekraftwerke und Tagebaue Europas reichen Klage gegen die Entscheidung der Europäischen Kommission ein, die Grenzwerte […]
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 […]
28 July 2017

National governments must not use legal loopholes to hide failure on air quality

Nine EU Member States have asked the European Commission for permission to pollute above national limits set in EU law. Austria, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland, […]
5 April 2017

Air quality ruling is tip of the iceberg

The EEB welcomes today’s ECJ judgement on Bulgaria’s illegal air. [1] The ruling sends a warning signal to at least 18 other countries, including France, Germany, […]
15 February 2017

EEB welcomes European Commission action on illegal air

The EEB welcomes today’s announcement that the European Commission will pursue infringement proceedings against France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK for having failed to protect […]
23 November 2016

EU air pollution law approved: now is the time for action

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) meeting in Strasbourg have finally approved new EU-wide air pollution rules. Louise Duprez, EEB Senior Policy Officer, said: “This is […]