EU laws are cracking down on air polluters to save European lives and improve health. In two decades, sulphur dioxide emissions – the main cause of acid rain – have been cut by almost 80%.
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MY OUTDOORS. MY LIFE.
Enjoy clean water, cleaner air and protected nature
Like most Europeans, I don’t have a drinking problem when it comes to fresh water. The water we drink must meet EU standards, and be free from any microorganisms, parasites and harmful substances.
We’re not the only residents that call Europe home. From the Mediterranean Monk Seal to the Red Kite, thousands of creatures and critters live here too – and many species need our protection. With over 27,000 sites, the Natura 2000 programme aims to safeguard the EU’s most endangered animals and their habitats.
Lake, river or sea – wherever I like to swim in Europe, the EU’s Bathing Water Directive has resulted in vast improvements in the safety and cleanliness of European bathing spots. Today, over 96% of sites meet the minimum required standards, so all that’s left is for me to grab my paddleboard and relax wherever I want.
How it works
The European Union protects my environment by law. It guarantees that my water is safe to drink, my favourite place to swim, paddle, or kayak is clean, and it works hard to ensure the air I breathe is fresh. Through the Natura 2000 programme, the EU maintains 27,000 protected natural areas, covering 18 % of the EU – that’s bigger than Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic combined.
Did you know
The number of European wild bird species in danger of extinction that are protected by the EU.
of bathing sites in the EU have excellent water quality, an increase of over 7% since 2011.
The number of rare and threatened plants and animals protected by EU legislation.
Turning the tide
Thanks to policies such as MedFish4Ever, a 10 year pledge to save Mediterranean fish stocks, the EU is a driving force in the fight against overfishing, prompting the recovery of species such as Bluefin tuna. Read more
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