A Breath of fresh AIR: Regional approach to future air-quality policy

The Air Quality Initiative of Regions (AIR) organised the conference “A Breath of fresh AIR: Regional approach to future air quality policy”, kindly hosted by MEP Amalia Sartori, Chair of ITRE committee at the European Parliament

This event took place on Tuesday 26 June, 09.30 – 18.00, at the European Parliament, József Antall (JAN) building, room 4Q2, in Brussels.

The European Parliament plays a key role in making legislation on environment, economy and energy which increasingly impacts on citizens’ daily life. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will debate the review of the air quality directive with the political representatives of the AIR regions (Baden-Württemberg, Catalunya, Emilia-Romagna, Hessen, Lombardia, London, North-Rhine Westphalia, Piemonte, Randstad, Steiermark, Veneto and Vlaanderen) and EU Commissioners.

At the end of the conference a joint position paper will be handed over to EU-Commissioner for Environment Janez Potočnik 

Watch the video made by the European Parliament Television (third emission ‘fresh air) on

Programme :

Moderator: Cornelia Primosch

09.30 Registration

10.15 Introductory session: Presentation of the AIR position paper: Elliott Treharne, Senior Air Quality Manager, Greater London Authority

10.45 Panel 1: Clean Air to Green our Economy
Chair: MEP Ivo Belet (ITRE Committee)
Keynote speech: Antonio Tajani, European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship
Political representatives of Piemonte, Randstad, Veneto, Vlaanderen

12.45 Lunch

14.15 Panel 2: Clean Energy for Clean Air
Chair: MEP Salvador Sedò i Alabart (ITRE Committee)
Keynote Speech: Philip Lowe, Director-General DG Energy
Political representatives of Baden-Württemberg, Catalunya, North Rhine-Westphalia,Steiermark
Participating MEP: Karin Kadenbach (ENVI Committee)

16.00 Break

16.15 Panel 3: Air Quality: from a Challenge to an Opportunity
Chair: MEP Chris Davies, Coordinator of the ALDE group of the ENVI Committee
Keynote Speech: Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Environment
Political representatives of Emilia Romagna, Greater London Authority, Hessen, Lombardia

18.00 Networking Reception

*Simultaneous translation from/to English, German, Italian and Spanish is foreseen.

HERE below the position paper and expert’s contributions:

Regional Best Practices

Elliot Treharne lecture on Air Regions Position Paper

Air Quality Initiative of Regions (AIR) Position Paper on the European Commission’s Air Quality Policy Review 2011-2013

Press release of the conference