Eurobarometer Report (January 2013)
Air quality is a major concern for European citizens and is an area in which the EU has been particularly active over the last 30 years. As part of continuing efforts to improve air quality and air pollution, the European Commission is currently undertaking a comprehensive review of EU air policy, with a view to revising the Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution and associated legislation in 2013.
The EU’s key objective in relation to air quality is "to achieve levels of air quality that do not result in unacceptable impacts on, and risks to, human health and the environment."
In addition, air pollution is one of the key issues included as part of the European Commission’s proposal for a new Environment Action Programme (EAP) to 2020, "Living well, within the limits of our planet".
The questions in this Flash Eurobarometer are designed to support this work by providing greater insight into the views of the European public on matters of air quality and air pollution.
Specifically the survey was designed to examine:
The findings of this survey have been analysed firstly at EU level and secondly by country. Additional analysis has been conducted using respondents’ opinions on:
Respondents were asked how serious they considered a range of air quality related problems to be in their country. These problems include respiratory diseases and illnesses, acidification and eutrophication.
. The majority think respiratory diseases are a serious problem - Most respondents (87%) think that respiratory diseases are a serious problem in their country.
. Almost all Europeans think cardiovascular diseases are a serious problem More than nine in ten Europeans consider cardiovascular diseases to be a serious problem in their country (92%).
.87% of Europeans think asthma and allergy are a serious problem
. More than seven out of ten Europeans think acidification is a serious problem
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