Rumours have resurfaced that the EU Commission has agreed to withdraw measures that force member states to reduce waste and improve air quality.
As the shadow rapporteur for the National Emission’s Ceiling Directive and Labour in Europe’s spokesperson on the Environment, I am extremely disappointed to hear renewed rumours that the Commission intends to drop both the air quality package and the circular economy package.
Air pollution is a massive problem across Europe not least in my constituency of London. Only this week a report put deaths related to air quality at 29000 in the UK per year – and the government continues to miss the existing EU targets.
The EU has always led the way on reducing emissions and now is not the time to stray from that. The Labour Party will use every means at our disposal to represent the importance of these packages to President Juncker.