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UK is taken to court for failing to tackle air pollution

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 17 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2209
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

The European Commission is taking the UK, Germany, and France to the European Court of Justice for failing to meet EU limits on nitrogen dioxide. Italy, Romania, and Hungary have also been referred to the court for breaching limits on particulate matter.

The commission issued a final warning to the six countries in January and said that it had decided to proceed with legal action because they “did not present credible, effective and timely measures to reduce pollution within the agreed limits and as soon as possible.” Three other countries—the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Spain—are being closely monitored but have put measures in place, or …

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