The European Commission is putting pressure on Poland. It’s about poor air quality

The European Commission has called on Poland to comply with EU rules on limiting air pollutants.

In this case, the EC has issued the so-called additional request to remove the error. This concerns the implementation of national obligations to reduce various air pollutants required by Directive 2016/2284. on the reduction of national emissions of certain air pollutants (NEC).

The NEC directive contains national obligations to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds other than methane (NMVOC), sulfur dioxide (SO2), ammonia (NH3) and particulate matter (PM2.5).

“These pollutants contribute to poor air quality, leading to significant negative impacts on human health and the environment. Each Member State is expected to meet its emissions reduction commitments every year between 2020 and 2029, with more ambitious reductions from 2030.” – we read in the announcement.

Air pollution. EC: Poland has not fulfilled its obligations

Member States are also required to establish National Air Pollution Control Programs (NAPCPs) to demonstrate how these reduction obligations will be met.

In the case of Poland, the EC ruled that it had not fulfilled its obligations regarding pollutants that were not yet included in the letter of formal notice sent in January 2023.

Additional calls were also sent to several other countries.

CJEU ruling on dust

The European Commission has decided to send an additional letter of formal notice to Poland in connection with the failure to implement the judgment of the Court of Justice of the EU of 22 February 2018 regarding non-compliance with the Air Quality Directive in the field of PM10 dust .

Poland now has two months to submit its comments on the issues raised by the Commission. After considering these comments or in the absence of comments within the prescribed period, the EC may refer the matter to the Tribunal for reconsideration in accordance with Art. 260 section 2 TFEU and requests the imposition of financial sanctions on Poland.

Source: Do Rzeczy