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Cooperative audit on Air Quality

EUROSAI Working Group on Environmental Auditing

Project leaders: Netherlands Court of Audit, Supreme Audit Office of Poland

Participating SAIs: Albania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Israel, Kosovo, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland, European Court of Auditors

Joint Report

IVQ 2018

Many European countries are failing to comply with international and European standards on air quality. Moreover, many governments have failed to take effective action to improve air quality and hence to protect their citizens’ health. These are two of the findings of a joint audit performed by 14 European audit offices, including the Netherlands Court of Audit, as well as the Israeli national audit office and the European Court of Auditors. The aim of the audit was to ascertain whether the governments of the countries in question were taking action to improve the air quality.

The joint audit uncovered wide discrepancies between the 15 countries covered by the audit. At one end of the scale was Estonia, which was found to comply with all the relevant standards. At the other end were Poland and Bulgaria, two countries that the European Commission recently brought before the European Court of Justice on account of their continued failure to meet the limit values.

Based on the findings of the joint audit, the participants make the following six recommendations:

prepare and implement air quality plans; 

measure the effectiveness of action taken;

improve coordination between governments and executive agencies;

collect relevant data and perform cost-benefit analyses;

improve monitoring systems;

raise public awareness of the problem.

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