Campaigners slam secrecy over plans to tackle filthy air

Category: Aarhus

Environment commissioner Karmenu Vella revealed on Monday plans to recommend referral to the EU Court of Justice for an unspecified number of the nine countries whose ministers were summoned to Brussels in January and given an ultimatum over persistent flouting of rules on NOx and PM pollution.

The European Environmental Bureau and other campaign groups made freedom of information requests to the governments of Italy, Spain, the UK, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia to reveal the plans submitted to the EU executive in a bid to avert a court case and potentially severe fines.

While some governments shared their proposals, others want to keep their plans secret to avoid public scrutiny, the EEB concluded.

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