Air pollution continues to spread in most of Europe

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Air quality in the majority of EU cities is poor, with only 39 percent of the 323 cities analyzed in this context rated ‘good’.

The European Environment Agency (EEA) also found that more than half of the 323 cities it analyzed in the European Union (EU) had poor air quality.

According to the European Economic Area report, only 39 percent of the 323 cities analyzed were rated as “good”.

Noting that this violates a standard set by the European Union in 2015.

Hans Bruininckx, Managing Director of the European Economic Area, commented in the report:

“While air quality has improved dramatically over the past years, air pollution remains stubbornly high in many cities in Europe.”

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Air pollution prevention

It is estimated to reduce air pollution to levels recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Which caused around 417,000 premature deaths in 41 European countries in 2018, could prevent nearly 51,000 premature deaths each year.

The European Court of Justice has previously ruled that Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Italy, and most recently Hungary exceeded legal limits on air pollution.

The European Union Commission has also filed lawsuits against France, Greece, and Slovakia.