Dutch pump money into air pollution battle

17th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

17 June 2005, AMSTERDAM — The government hopes to mollify the European Commission by making millions of euro available before the summer for extra measures to combat air pollution in the Netherlands.

17 June 2005

AMSTERDAM — The government hopes to mollify the European Commission by making millions of euro available before the summer for extra measures to combat air pollution in the Netherlands.

Current environmental policy in the Netherlands are failing to meet the air standards set by the European Commission.

The bulk of the money, EUR 200 million, will come from the government's revenue from natural gas operations in the north of the Netherlands.

Ministers decided at the weekly Cabinet meeting on Friday that the money would be used to improve air quality by a raft of measures, including subsidising the fitting of soot filters to freight vehicles, private cars and diesel locomotives.

For the time being the scrapping premium will not be included in the package of measures. Environment Minister Pieter van Geel wants to use the premium to take old and polluting cars out of circulation.

The government's macro-economic think tank CPB has expressed doubt about the scheme and research into its potential impact is ongoing.

Dust and carbon dioxide levels in many parts of the Netherlands are above European standards and the government has come under a lot of pressure to improve the situation.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news 

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