European judges turn on Germany – ECJ finds state guilty of 'systematic' breaches of rules

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The European Commission filed the complaint in 2018, arguing Germany has “exceeded the annual and hourly nitrogen dioxide limit values” since 2010. Eurocrats accused German authorities of not taking enough action to comply with Brussels’ air quality rules. The European Court of Justice ruled in favour of the EU’s executive, saying Germany had done enough between 2010 and 2016.

In a statement, the Luxembourg-based court said: “Germany has clearly not adopted appropriate measures in good time to ensure that the time period during which the limit values for NO2 are exceeding is kept as short as possible in the 26 zones at issue.”

The almost 30 regions includes major cities like Berlin, Munich and Hamberg.

France, Hungary, Italy, Romania and even after Brexit Britain were also subject to similar complaints by the Commission.

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