European Commission demands Romania take steps to reduce air pollution

Newsroom 25/09/2014 | 18:13

The European Commission believes that Romania hasn’t initiated the necessary actions, requested since 2007, to protect its citizens against particulate pollution (PM10) and is demanding from the Government to take long-term and efficient steps to make sure pollution falls within established parameters as soon as possible.

According to the press release, citizens in certain areas in Bucharest, Brasov and Iasi were exposed continuously with unhealthy levels of PM10 since 2007.

EC’s action on Thursday qualifies as a motivated notice and it follows a warning letter sent in February 2013.

If Romania doesn’t comply with the recommendations it received, the Commission may take its case to the European Justice Court.

The European Commission proposed Thursday measures will cut emissions of major air pollutants from engines in non-road mobile machinery and cut the complexity of the legal framework for the sector.

The proposal provides for more stringent emission limit values for internal combustion engines installed in non-road mobile machinery (NRMM). At the same time, it sets out harmonized rules for placing those engines on the EU market.

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