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chrgeorgiadis Aug 12, 2020 01:26 PM
Dears, I´d like and enquire about the overall situation with regards to car drivers environmental behavior and obligations. Are there any legal steps to be taken to prevent letting car engines run for secondary reasons like air condition and/or heating? It still seems to be a largely common practice especially in countries like the UK, France, Spain, Greece etc. I would like to ask whether such misbehavior has the legal back up to be reported to local police in order to be fined.
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EEA Aug 24, 2020 03:54 PM
Dear M. Georgiadis,

Thank you for contacting the European Environment Agency (EEA) and for your concern for the environment.

The mandate of the EEA is to produce reports on the state and trends of the environment in Europe in its attempt to improve the environment and move towards sustainability in Europe. The EEA neither sets nor enforces environmental policies, which is the responsibility of the European Commission.

We would recommend that you contact local, regional or national level transport authorities to ask for clarification on this issue since the subsidiarity (nearness) principle according to EU law would apply on this matter.

We hope that you will be able to retrieve the information that you are looking for.

With kind regards,
EEA Enquiry Service