As part of our citizens panels initiative, Lille Metropole organised a large consultation on air quality in November which gave citizens the opportunity to hear from and debate directly with the European Commission and other experts and put forward possible solutions.
The objective of the citizens panel on air quality on 5 November 2018 was to inform Lille citizens about air quality, enable them to grasp the European dimension of the problem and work together on the environmental policies of tomorrow.
Organised as part of the EUROCITIES citizens panels initiative, the event featured four speakers:
- Gilles Pargneaux, MEP and Metropolitan councillor for Europe
- François Vakenhut, head of the 'Clean Air' unit (DG ENV - European Commission)
- Claudie Dryjanski, territorial coordinator of the French Federation of Authorised Associations for Air Quality Monitoring (ATMO)
- Marta Marcuzzi, EUROCITIES membership support officer.
At the end of the consultation, the panel put forward three recommendations:
- Align pollutant emission ceilings with World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations and develop indicators on the link between pollution and health
- Develop systems and norms to decode pollution standards on everyday consumer products that emit pollutants into homes by establishing a European label and a simplified standard (similar to organic labels). Also, encourage and establish the development of mobile apps (similar to Yuka, https://yuka.io/) which allow consumers to scan products to identify their contribution to air pollution
- Support rail and river transport by encouraging these modes of transport over road use and explore harmonising freight transport policies at European level by introducing consistent constraints.
These citizens' ideas, together with those coming from the other citizens consultations that will take place across Europe until February 2019, will be presented at the second Mayors Summit on the future of Europe on 20 and 21 March 2019.
As part of Mayors Summit, which will take place two months ahead of the European Parliament elections at the presence of more than 100 city politicians, EUROCITIES and the European Commission will present the panel results to national and European political leaders.