In the framework of the Review of the EU Air policy, UEAPME replied to the European Commission’s public consultation launched at the end of 2012 on the “Options for revision of the EU Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution and related policies”. In its replies, UEAPME stressed that it is important to maximise the synergies between air pollution policies and the new climate and energy framework for 2030. With regards the Ambient Air Quality Directive, UEAPME did not favour more stringent air quality limit values, since the existing ones are strict enough and already difficult to comply with. On the contrary, in its reply about possible options to relax the current obligations, UEAPME demanded the weakening of the current air quality limit values in case of widespread non-compliance. UEAPME believes non legislative measures are better suited to ensure compliance with the EU quality requirements.
UEAPME’s expert from the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKÖ) Dr. Elisabeth Furherr participates in the Stakeholder Expert Group on EU air policy which assists in the preparation and implementation of the review.