New Eurobarometer survey shows: The majority of Europeans think the EU should propose additional measures to address air quality problems
According to a new Eurobarometer survey, over two thirds of Europeans think that the European Union should propose additional measures to improve air quality. Of the more than 27,000 citizens interviewed in all EU Member States, more than half of respondents think that households, car manufacturers, energy producers, farmers and public authorities are not doing enough to promote good air quality. Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella said: “I am encouraged to see that so many Europeans support action on air quality. In the EU, air pollution causes over 400,000 premature deaths every year and society pays a huge price including for healthcare, lost work days and damage to crops and buildings. The Commission is providing expertise, best practice exchanges and guidance for Member States and businesses, as well as support for investment and funding to improve air quality for all. But at the same time, if EU laws are not respected, we take legal action against Member States.” The survey also reveals the need for better communication, especially at national level, about air quality. Compared to a 2017 survey, respondents are more likely to think that air quality has deterioratedover the past ten years – even if, in fact, air quality data reported shows significant improvements during that time. In May 2018, the Juncker Commission adopted a Communication ‘A Europe that protects: Clean air for all’setting the measures needed to be taken by national, regional and local actors to improve air quality in Europe.