Parliament to vote on groundbreaking EU ‘compensation right’ against pollution

(EurActiv, 9 Jul 2023) Campaigners are pushing for a right to compensation for citizens affected by air pollution as the European Parliament prepares to vote on two EU directives related to industrial pollution next week.

Lawmakers must secure a right to effective health compensation for citizens who are victims of unlawful pollution, says a letter signed by a coalition of environmental groups and sent to the European Parliament on Thursday (6 July).

More than 300,000 deaths in 2020 were attributed to air pollution in Europe, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA). Air pollution is also linked to a wide range of serious diseases, such as cancer, heart and pulmonary diseases as well as neurological conditions, making it one of the deadliest environmental risks in Europe. 

Italy has been singled out for failing to meet the bloc’s air quality standards and was condemned by the European Court of Justice last year for breaching the bloc’s pollution limits. In Poland, the southern city of Nowy Sącz was found to have the worst air quality in the EU, according to a ranking by the EEA published in 2021.

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