What is the status of the infringement procedure against Romania due to high pollution in Bucharest?

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Background

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 quality example from Bucharest

Air pollution in Bucharest (and other places in Romania) is far from being new:

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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.

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