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[Open letter] Public Health recommendations for strong National Emission Ceiling (NEC) Directive


Ahead of the 16 December Environment Council meeting, 17 health organisations signed a letter containing recommendations to Environment and Health Ministers for ambitious EU action that will benefit people’s health, the environment and the economy. Open letter - Public Health recommendations for strong National Emission Ceiling (NEC) Directive (pdf) To: Ministers of Environment of the European Union Member States CC: Ministers of Health of the European Union Member States Dear (...)
14/12/2015

EU Parliament vote improves measures to decrease air pollution but turns its back on 42,800 lives


The EU Parliament has adopted a less ambitious stand on air pollution than wished for by ENVI. Brussels, 28 October 2015. The European Parliament voted today on the National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive, setting out national limits on a range of air pollutants. The vote, strengthening existing rules, has proven the commitment of MEPs towards improving air quality and protecting public health in the European Union. Members of the European Parliament voted to support a series of (...)
Also about: air pollution , COPD
28/10/2015

Call for clean air


EPHA has co-signed this letter to MEPs which highlights the importance of an upcoming plenary vote on the air quality of Europe and refers to the health implications of this law being passed. Open letter to MEPs - Call for clean air (pdf) CALL FOR CLEAN AIR 28 October Plenary vote on the NEC Directive 23 October 2015 Dear Member of the European Parliament, Clean air - everywhere - for European (...)
26/10/2015

[Press Release] ENVI Committee calls for cleaner air


Brussels, 15 July 2015 - Over 90% of city dwellers in Europe are exposed to air pollution levels which are harmful to health. Today’s vote in the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee on the National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive is an important step towards improving air quality and protecting public health in Europe. Today, air pollution levels around Europe of fine particles (PM2.5), nitrogen dioxide, sulphur oxides, and other (...)
Also about: cardiovascular , COPD
15/07/2015

[Letter to MEPs] Call for Clean Air


Ahead of the 15 July vote in the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee on the revised National Emission Ceilings (NEC) Directive report, more than 60 health, environmental and animal welfare organisations signed a letter containing recommendations to MEPs for ambitious EU action that will benefit people’s health, the environment and the economy. Letter to ENVI MEPs - CALL FOR CLEAN AIR (pdf) Dear Members of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) (...)
14/07/2015

EPHA welcomes the WHO resolution on health impacts of air pollution


The 68th World Health Assembly (WHA) took place between 18 and 26 May in Geneva, where key stakeholders met to discuss among other things, the health impact of air pollution, the West Africa Ebola outbreak, the health and humanitarian crisis in Nepal following the recent earthquake, environmental contaminants and the importance of health at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 2015. As part of the conclusions, delegates adopted a resolution to deal with the health (...)
31/05/2015

European Parliament wants to continue developing air quality standards


26 January 2015 - Most of the political groups in the European Parliament continued action on the proposed air quality package in their draft resolutions on the European Commission’s 2015 Work Programme. The Social-Democrats (S&D), Liberals (ALDE), Greens/EFA, Eurosceptics EFDD and Left (GUE/NGL) groups all criticised the Commission’s tentative suggestion to withdraw a proposal to improve air quality as well as other proposed environmental measures. Before the January (...)
Also about: air pollution , air quality
26/01/2015

[Joint call] EU Parliament should send strong message to Commission to continue negotiations on Air Quality Directive


Brussels, 12 January 2015 - Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), will this week be debating their position on the 2015 Commission Work Programme. As leading environmental, health, lawyers’ and civil society organisations from all over Europe, we call upon MEPs to oppose any delay in the negotiations on a revised National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive. pdf/NGO_Letter_Air_Pollution_2015_Work_Programme.pdf To Members of the European Parliament Dear Honourable Member of the (...)
Also about: air pollution , air quality
13/01/2015

Air Pollution: Are EU Policy Makers Aware of the Danger for Public Health?


While experts highlight the health effects and economic costs of air pollution, the European Commission is planning to amend the air quality proposal which is likely to have significant benefits for health right across Europe. In considering modifications to the EU clean air package, the European Commission has an opportunity to promote prevention and to consider people’s health. Parliament Hearing to present scientific evidence on EU air quality policy At the public hearing (...)
Also about: environment , prevention
17/12/2014

Health groups express dismay at potential withdrawal of EU Clean Air Policy Package


Brussels, 18 November 2014 - Today, public health, patients’, and medical organisations sent a letter to EU Commission President Juncker expressing their dismay at any consideration to withdraw the EU Clean Air Policy Package, as presented by EU Environment and Health Commissioners Potocnik and Borg in December 2013. The letter calls on President Juncker to keep the proposal and work with the European Parliament and Council to ensure a swift and ambitious adoption. You can download (...)
18/11/2014