Pressure from civil society on better air quality in Brussels

Brussels Minister of Mobility Pascal Smet welcomed on Monday the call of a hundred doctors to raise the poor quality of the air in Brussels that generates health risks.

“These doctors are more than right and we are pleased with this pressure from civil society. We need it since it strengthens us in the policy that we want to lead,” he said.

The minister argues that 5.2 billion euros should be invested in the coming years, particularly in the reinforcement of public transport, and that 80 kilometers of separate cycle paths should be completed by 2020.

Another measure is low-emission or zero-emission zones.

“But we must do more in terms of greener car taxation and awareness,” the minister added, referring to the installation of information panels to measure the quality of the air.

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