Press release: 12 May 2022

EU court condemns Italy over illegal NO2 pollution

ClientEarth lawyers have reacted after the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that Italy has breached the EU’s key air pollution law with excessive levels of nitrogen dioxide pollution in cities across the country.

ClientEarth’s Director of Nature and Health Ugo Taddei said: “Multiple Italian cities routinely appear on lists of the most polluted places in the EU - it's no surprise that it has finally been condemned by the EU court. We can only hope that regional and national authorities finally start acknowledging the scale of the problem, and the very real impacts on people's lives, and implementing measures that genuinely make the air safer to breathe. This is people's right, and the government's legal responsibility.”

The CJEU previously ruled against Italy over toxic PM10 pollution.


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