Between 2010 and 2016, Germany systematically and persistently exceeded the limit values for nitrogen dioxide (NO2)
(Source: Court of Justice of the European Union)
It also infringed its obligation to adopt appropriate measures in good time to ensure that the
exceedance period is kept as short as possible in the 26 zones concerned.
By today’s judgment, the Court of Justice held that Germany had infringed the Air Quality Directive by systematically and persistently exceeding, as from 1 January 2010 up to and including 2016, the annual limit value for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in 26 of the 89 zones and agglomerations assessed.