Implementation of the Air Quality Directive by Western Balkan countries – 2022 update
Briefing | 14 February 2022
In order to join the European Union, these countries must undergo a process of approximation with EU legislation and rules. In the field of environmental protection, all of these countries are struggling to meet EU standards. Ambient air quality is among the biggest environmental problems in the region. Efforts to improve air quality are mostly driven by EU legislation, such as the Ambient Air Quality Directive. This briefing assesses each country’s transposition of the Directive, its approach to monitoring air quality, the legal air quality standards in place, how related information is reported to the public, and any plans it has to improve air quality.