Greece sent to EU Court again because of poor air quality: The European Commission chose to send Greece to the Court of Justice due to poor air quality levels once more.
It was referred to the Court last year because of the high levels of particulate matter (PM10) however this time for high nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels.
NO2 happens mainly from human activities, like road traffic, especially from diesel vehicles & industry and is the origin of serious illnesses, for instance asthma & reduced lung function.
Calculations from the European Environment Agency indicate nearly 400,000 premature deaths can be put down to air pollution every year within the EU.
As reported by the Commission, Greece has constantly & persistently exceeded the yearly NO2 limit value in Athens as well as failed to apply appropriate measures to limit the exceedance period to as short as possible.
It remarked: “The Commission therefore considers that efforts by the Greek authorities have to date been unsatisfactory as well as insufficient & is referring Greece to the Court of Justice of the European Union.”
Greece sent to EU Court again because of poor air quality