What is the status of the infringement procedure against Romania due to high pollution in Bucharest?
Virtually any Bucharest inhabitant can smell that something has burned during the night. This is confirmed by the air quality monitoring platforms such as Airly:
Air pollution in Bucharest (and other places in Romania) is far from being new:
- April 2020: Romania Has Systematically Violated Pollution Norms In Bucharest
- December 2021: Commission decides to refer Romania to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failure to comply with EU clean air and industrial emissions legislation
- February 2022: Bucharest spike in air pollution
I am trying to understand how Romanian authorities still allow this to happen despite the issue being acknowledged in the EU for a couple of years now.
I have checked the infringements proceeding for Romania, but I do not seem to find what I am looking for (infringement related to high pollution in Bucharest, or something encompassing it). The closest I could find is this decision which mentions:
The Commission urges Romania, Greece, and Malta to adopt their first
national air pollution control programs and to communicate them to
the Commission, as required under Directive (EU) 2016/2284 on the
reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants.