POLAND LOST THE CASE ON AIR QUALITY TO THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION IN THE COURT OF JUSTICE OF THE EU
Poland has violated EU air quality directives having excessive air pollution in several zones at the same time. It is reported by Upmp.news with reference to eurointegration.com.ua.
The decision was taken by the EU Court.
In June 2016, the European Commission filed a complaint to the Court of the EU in which it accused Poland of lack of effective action to protect air quality.
The EU Court acknowledged that Poland systematically, from 2007, did not comply with the daily and annual allowable values for dust particles PM10 (10 micrometers in diameter) in the air.
In addition, the Court has found that the EU air quality directive on providing in the shortest period of time the development of the air protection programs for cases when the contamination exceeds the norm has been misapplied,.
Poland is currently not penalized for violating the EU norms, but if the country does not improve air quality, the European Commission may require the imposition of daily financial sanctions of up to several hundred thousand euros. However, this is a matter of two or four years.