Advocate General Kokott: Member States may be liable for health damage caused by excessive air pollution

(Source: Court of Justice of the European Union)

The EU limit values and the obligations on Member States to improve air quality were intended to protect human health and to confer rights on individuals.

A resident of the Paris agglomeration is seeking compensation from the French State totalling € 21 million because, he claims, the increasing air pollution in that agglomeration has damaged his health. He submits that the French State is liable for that damage because it has not ensured that the limit values which apply uniformly throughout the European Union are complied with.

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