Deadlines for compliance with the limit values

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The revised Directive 2008/50/EG of the European Parliament and the Council on air quality and cleaner air for Europe entered into force on 21 May 2008. It confirmed the current limit values for nitrogen dioxide and nitrogen oxide, particulate matter (PM10), sulphur dioxide, benzene, carbon monoxide and lead. Furthermore, it introduced additional air quality standards for even finer particles (PM2.5). Since 1 January 2005, the daily limit value for PM10 of 50 µg/m³ must not be exceeded on more than 35 days in one year. On 1 January 2010, the annual average limit value for nitrogen dioxide was set to  40 µg/m³.

Limit values

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