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pavla Jan 07, 2018 10:25 AM
Hi, I would like to know what are the regulations for countries in European Union regarding heating with burning firewoods. I live in Slovenia and have exteme difficulties because regulations and law is suitable for people who use wet firewoods or especially tree branches.

I have about 8 months of extremely polluted air in a village where I live. We cannot open a window more than maybe an hour or two a day. Most people use type of firewoods that doesn't make big white or violet smoke, but there are always many neighbours who doesn't care for the quality of air and pollute entire village. They simply go to the forrest and get all branches they find and burn them every day for at least 8 months a year not just in cold winter days.

I would like to know since slovenian ministry for environment and spatial planing doesn't have any particular law regarding proper use of these firefoods and misuse of other elements, if there is any law in Europan Union that can solve this problem?

I think about moving to other place and selling the house but that shouldn't be the good choice because I realize that only people who don't care about environment have full priviliges for their quality of life and not the people who take care about fresh and clean air.

I know that emissions in our village greatly exceeds all permited concentration of PM10 particles because it's more than ten times worse than living in a cities.

Kindly let me know if there is any solution for this problem,
Thank you,
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EEA Jan 08, 2018 10:40 AM

The EEA produces reports on the state and trends of the environment in Europe in its attempt to improve the environment and move towards sustainability in Europe.

Please be aware that European environmental legislation is beyond the EEA’s working remit. The EEA neither sets nor enforces environmental policies and has no mandate for providing legal or technical assistance for complaints relating to environmental legislation, and no powers of investigation related to the issue you raise in your email. Unfortunately, therefore, we are not able to help you.

Under the Treaty establishing the European Community, the European Commission is responsible for ensuring that European Community law is correctly applied. Anyone may lodge a complaint with the European Commission against a European Member State about any measure, which is considered to be incompatible with Community law. However, to be admissible, a complaint has to relate to an infringement of Community law by a Member State.

Regarding your specific complaint, we would suggest in the first instance to contact your local, regional and/or national authorities.
You may also contact the Directorate-General for the Environment of the European Commission directly (, or register a complaint at[…]/complaints_en.htm).
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