The Ministry for the Ecological Transition is concerned about the letter sent to Spain by the European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, asking for a reinforcement of the air quality measures given that the excesses of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), mainly concentrated in the city of Madrid and the metropolitan area of ​​Barcelona, ​​continue to violate the limits established by European regulations.

The ministry has informed the contents of the letter to the authorities in Madrid and Catalonia, to which it offers its cooperation for the implementation of additional measures to those already in place for Spain to comply with the community limits in terms of air quality, protecting public health and preventing the country from facing a possible fine on the part of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

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In the letter sent to the Minister for the Ecological Transition Act, Teresa Ribera, the commissioner notes that it is necessary to adopt additional measures to address the obligations in terms of air quality and achieve compliance with the limit values ​​for the year 2020. .

Vella adds that, without prejudice to the ongoing community legal procedure, it is necessary that all actors, at all levels of governance in the country, mobilize to contribute to the implementation and implementation of effective measures at the national, regional and local levels. in terms of air quality to ensure compliance with EU legislation and safeguard the health of the population.

The Minister for the Transition in Ecological functions has stressed that "Commissioner Vella reminds us that, in terms of air quality, we must act with additional and complementary measures." "I have forwarded the letter to the administrations where the polluting agents occur, and in particular to the Mayor of Madrid and the Minister of Territory and Sustainability of the Generalitat de Catalunya, inviting them to strengthen cooperation and work together on measures that add up to the existing ones ", the minister added.

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