Primer: The EC’s legal action on UK’s air-quality failures

The UK is being prosecuted for its failure to abide by EU air-quality limits. Gareth Simkins looks at how we got here and what happens next

European Court of Justice in Luxembourg
The Court of Justice of the EU could fine the UK

The European Commission has referred the UK to the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) for its chronic failure to abide by air-quality standards. Announced on 17 May, the move comes after a final ultimatum issued in January to a group of member states, ordering them to produce credible plans to address their air pollution problems, following a series of warnings.

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