“Welcome sulfur dioxide, hello carbon monoxide, the air, the air is everywhere. Breathe deep, while you sleep, breathe deep.” These are part of the lyrics of the song “Air” in the Broadway musical “Hair”. Particulate Matter was not included in the tune. But it is in the so-called air people breathe in Sofia and elsewhere in Europe. It was also included in the latest complaint from the EU Commission.
The European Union’s Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, threatened a number of member states with lawsuits on Tuesday, because of the dirty air they make their inhabitants breathe. Those countries, Czechia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovakia and Spain, now have to come up with proposals designed to clean up the air. And they should do so lightning-fast, if they want to avoid getting sued.
Bulgaria is not on the list for a simple reason: That country is already facing a decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union because of its systematic non-compliance regarding the permissible levels of Particulate Matter in the air its citizens are supposed to breathe. In other words: Bulgaria is so bad in this regard, it isn’t even being blasted anymore…/IBNA
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