LIFE+ Clean Air – NGOs take action to clean up the air

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As early as 2008, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) confirmed in a landmark decision that all EU citizens have the enforceable "right to clean air". Dieter Janecek, at that time resident in Landshuter Allee in Munich lodged, supported by the DUH, a complaint at all judicial levels before the European Court to have effective measures to improve the air quality implemented immediately. Thanks to this landmark decision, people exposed to air pollution may demand that their municipal authorities draw up a plan of action.