Following its consultation on air quality, the European Commission has published an EU thematic strategy on air quality and ambient air quality legislation.
EPHA, EPHA Environment Network and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) are calling the European Parliament to take a strong leadership role on that dossier.
The three organisations remind MEPs in the attached letter that according to the European Commission’s own Impact Assessment, every year 369,980 people die prematurely because of air pollution. Premature death, health care and medication due to air pollution amounts to between 3% to 10% of the EU GDP but this figure does not include the pain and suffering of individuals and their families.
Background information about the consultation
The European Commission is seeking input from the public on the measures to be included in a new comprehensive European action plan to reduce air pollution.
This plan due by mid-2005, will have a direct impact on people’s lives and as a result the Commission has decided to launch an internet consultation in order to reach the largest possible number of people.
This consultation will remain open until 31 January 2005. The results will be published in March 2005.