COUN­TRIES TAKEN TO COURT OVER AIR POL­LU­TION

Montreal Gazette - - WORLD -

The Euro­pean Union is tak­ing six mem­ber states to court for ex­pos­ing their cit­i­zens to too much air pol­lu­tion.

The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion on Thurs­day re­ferred Bri­tain, France, Ger­many, Hun­gary, Italy, and Ro­ma­nia to the EU’s high­est Court of Jus­tice, say­ing they failed to re­spect air qual­ity lim­its and didn’t take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion in time.

The com­mis­sion also warned Bri­tain, Ger­many, Italy and Luxembourg for dis­re­gard­ing car ap­proval rules.

Bas Eick­hout of the Greens/EFA group in the Euro­pean par­lia­ment said that “it is shame­ful that some of Europe’s wealth­i­est coun­tries are drag­ging their heels on pro­tect­ing their cit­i­zens’ health.”

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