EU Commission calls on ROMANIA to protect its population against air pollution

The Commission is calling on Romania to comply with the requirements of Directive 2008/50/ECon ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe and reliably measure, inform the public and report about the gravity of air pollution.

In particular, Romania has failed to comply with the limit values for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the agglomerations of Bucharest, Brașov, Iași, Cluj-Napoca and Timișoara, and has not taken appropriate measures to keep exceedance periods as short as possible.

The Commission is also seeking clarification on the proper monitoring of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations in one agglomeration (Bucharest). High NO2 concentrations pose risk to human health.

Therefore, the Commission decided today to send a letter of formal notice to Romania giving it four months to take the necessary measures to address the shortcomings identified by the Commission.

Otherwise, the Commission may decide to send a reasoned opinion.

Vivian Loonela

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