International Audit of Air Quality in Europe

On 26-27 January in Kraków, a working conference is being held with the participation of representatives of all the institutions involved in the European air quality audit. The main objective of the meeting is to work out the common parallel audit model. Also, representatives from the European Environment Agency, at the invitation of the conference organisers, will present the latest report on the air quality in Europe.

Participants of conference in Kraków

While opening the meeting, President of NIK Krzysztof Kwiatkowski recalled that over 85 percent of the citizens of EU cities breathe the air that contains PM2,5 and benzo[a]pyrene. Unfortunately, Poland is on top of these statistics. Air pollution is the reason for some 45,000 people dying in Poland every year.

The Supreme Audit Office of Poland has many times alarmed that special devices should be installed in plants, to reduce the volume of dust and gaseous pollutants, and that it is necessary to reduce low emission from household boiler rooms, as well as to allow self-governments to establish zones with limited traffic emission. Possibly, the recommendations of this very audit - on the European scale - will have a greater impact on politicians.

The idea to have a European audit of air protection was initiated within the European Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions - EUROSAI. The coordination of the audit lies with the SAIs of the Netherlands and Poland. The participants in the audit comprise both EU Member States (Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Spain), as well as those from outside the EU structures (Albania, Georgia, Israel, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Switzerland). The European Court of Auditors has also joined the initiative.

The objective of the audit is to evaluate the activities of individual states aimed at increasing air quality. The joint audit report (next to individual national audit reports) is intended to assist the Supreme Audit Institutions in presenting coherent conclusions and recommendations.

President of NIK Krzysztof Kwiatkowski emphasised that this is a unique project. ‘Thanks to the audits carried out in your states, we will be able to simultaneously examine and evaluate the activity of the entities responsible for air protection in different countries, and to compare the solutions they apply,’ said President Kwiatkowski to the participants in the conference. He added that joint and coordinated efforts are extremely important in this area, because only thanks to such efforts there is hope that the air quality will actually improve.    

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26 January 2017 12:49
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Andrzej Gaładyk
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Text: Air Pollution, in background silhouette of Europ and view of smog over Kraków © Fotolia

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