European cities opt for more restrictive air quality limits than those set by the EU

21 August 2020

The study, led by the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC) and the European Environment Agency (EEA) has analysed the measures to improve air quality developed by 10 European cities (Antwerp, Berlin, Madrid, Malmö, Milan, Paris, Plovdiv, Prague and Vienna) in 2018 and their evolution since 2013.

With the participation of Mar Viana from IDAEA-CSIC, the work indicates that some cities no longer consider the limit values set by the European Union (EU) as sufficient, so they are committed to reducing pollution levels below those recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), even more restrictive.


  1. Viana, F. de Leeuw, A. Bartonova, N. Castell, E. Ozturk, A. González Ortiz. Air quality mitigation in European cities: Status and challenges ahead. Environment International. DOI:

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