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amosgoreanu Jan 08, 2020 11:11 AM
Pollution in Bucharest.

It is a well known fact that pollution in Bucharest is very high. The biggest cause was believed to be the traffic, but after a brief search it has been found out that something strange is happening. While looking at the airly.eu site (and an NGO romanian site, aerlive.ro) we can easily see that pollution is not that high at rush hours(8-10AM, 5-7PM), but at night and on weekend nights. The PM pollution spikes a lot of times after 10PM up until 2-3AM in the morning. The national media has risen the question where this pollution comes from when there is less traffic. Some of us believe that it is caused by thermal power stations and illegal burning in landfills around the town. The municipality and the Ministry of Environment disregard this problem and say that everything is fine. The mayor, Gabriela Firea, even said to the Ministry of Environment that if he doesn’t like Bucharest, he should move out. Below you can find a few links to the pollution problem in Bucharest(and I hope that you can translate them, because they are in Romanian). If you can


To whom can I adress this issue? The national authorities throw this problem under the carpet and the people suffer.
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EEA Jan 08, 2020 05:43 PM
Dear M. A. Mosgoreanu,

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

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 message.

Should there be an irregularity or infringement of an EU legislation or its national implementation, the European Commission and/or national authorities have the mandate to investigate the issue further. You may contact the Directorate-General for the Environment of the European Commission directly http://ec.europa.eu/environment/contact/form_en.htm, or register a complaint at http://ec.europa.eu/[…]/complaints_en.htm. See also http://ec.europa.eu/environment/legal/law/complaints.htm.

You might also be interested in consulting the EU Air Quality index at https://www.eea.europa.eu/[…]/index . Note nevertheless that the viewer is currently not fully operational and we hope to solve the problems shortly.

We hope that this may be useful and that the situation in Bucharest will improve soon.

With kind regards,
EEA Enquiry Service