Joint Report Air Quality
European Court of Auditors, 2019

Fifteen supreme audit institutions (SAIs) from the EU Member States and neighbouring countries have joined forces to produce a joint report on air quality. The report, published today, unfortunately shows that many countries in Europe are failing to meet air quality standards.

The project was coordinated by the Dutch and Polish SAIs. The European Court of Auditors contributed to this important joint effort with its recent special report 23/2018: “Air pollution, our health still insufficiently protected”, published on 11 September 2018.  The conclusions and recommendations of the joint audit report are fully consistent with those of the ECA special report and show that more action is needed to improve air quality. Every year, air pollution causes about 400,000 premature deaths in the EU and hundreds of billions of euros in health-related external costs. [+]


CoverA walk to the park? - assessing access to green urban areas in Europe's cities
Hugo Poelman
Comisión Europea, 2016

Green areas in cities, like parks, public gardens and nearby forests fulfil a variety of functions, ranging from ecological values to recreational functions. They also provide aesthetic value and they play a role in promoting public health. In a general way, these areas contribute to a better quality of life of the inhabitants.

The new working paper presents a methodology that takes into account the spatial distribution of both population and green areas throughout the cities' territory, and produces indicators on the proximity of the green areas to the urban population. To obtain comparable results, harmonised EU-wide data sources were used, like the Copernicus Urban Atlas land use data and census-based population figures at the highest spatial resolution possible. [+]

La Comisión presenta nuevas disposiciones sobre abonos orgánicos y obtenidos de los residuos en la UE como primera medida del paquete de la economía circular La reutilización de materias primas que actualmente se eliminan como residuos es uno de los principios clave del paquete de la economía circular adoptado en diciembre de 2015. La Comisión propone hoy un reglamento que facilitará en gran medida el acceso de los abonos orgánicos y obtenidos de los residuos al mercado único de la UE, poniéndolos en igualdad de condiciones con los abonos inorgánicos tradicionales. De este modo se crearán nuevas oportunidades de mercado para las empresas innovadoras, reduciendo al mismo tiempo el volumen de residuos, el consumo de energía y los daños al medio ambiente. (RAPID, IP/16/721, 11.3.2016)

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