EU plans air quality laws to tackle 'invisible killer'
Date published: 23rd December 2013
The new measures aim to reduce the levels of pollutants by around 20% from current levels by 2030.
The Commission says the new measures will prevent 58,000 premature deaths a year and save member states 40bn euros.
But by delaying action until 2030, critics believe the EU is giving in to industry and some reluctant countries.Across the EU, more than 400,000 people died prematurely in 2010 from air pollution, according to the Commission. As well as deaths, 100 million work days are lost every year through illnesses like asthma.
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