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enafejzagic Dec 19, 2013 04:31 PM
Hello, I am a concerned citizen of Zenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina), where a steel and mining company is emitting toxic chemicals into the air and the factory is basically in the city itself. As I've heard, the acceptable concentration of sulfur-dioxide in the air is 350 micrograms, and Zenica’s air reached 1.400 micrograms per cubic meter. Is there a way to start a legal process against this company? Which Court is responsible to deal with this? Thanks!
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EEA Dec 23, 2013 11:51 AM
Hello enafejzagic,
Thank you for contacting the European Environment Agency (EEA) regarding your concern about emission of toxic chemicals in your city. Based on your enquiry, I am not sure how familiar you are with the EEA’s working remit. I have therefore included a brief description of it below.

The EEA aims to support the development and implementation of sound environmental policies in the EU and other EEA member countries by delivering timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policy-makers and the public. This is accomplished by collecting environmental data through Eionet (the European Environmental Information and Observation Network). Eionet is a network of environmental bodies and institutions active in the EEA member countries. Based on the compiled data the EEA produces environmental reports and indicators, which assist the European Community in its attempt to improve the environment and move towards sustainability in Europe. For additional information about the activities of the agency, please see the following website:

As you may see from this description, the EEA produces reports on the state and trends of the environment in Europe. Please be aware that European environmental legislation is beyond the Agency’s working remit. The EEA neither sets nor enforces environmental policies. The role of the EEA is to supply all parties concerned with relevant environmental information. An example of information regarding the area of your concern is the latest report on Air quality in Europe:[…]/air-quality-in-europe-2013. This report contains, among other things, an overview of policies and measures introduced at European level to improve air quality and minimise impacts.

Since the individual countries are responsible for implementing environmental policies, you may find it useful to contact the responsible national or local authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. You may also find suitable information from the homepage of The Environment Directorate-General of the European Commission, which is responsible for European environmental policy and legislation. Hope this helps.