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Monitoring and results

The Ministry of Rural Development and the regional Inspectorates for Environment, Nature and Water perform measurements regularly. Air quality is measured by a national air quality network under the responsibility of the Ministry of Rural Development. The national air quality monitoring system consists of 59 automatic stations (11 in Budapest), 200 manual sampling points and six mobile measuring devices (buses). Nearly all automatic stations collect data on SO2, NOx, NO2, PM10, CO and ozone and almost half of them on some aromatic hydrocarbons (BTEX). Four stations (two in Budapest) collect data on PM2.5 and their number will be increased significantly in the near future.

The National Institute of Environmental Health provides daily health-related information of the ambient air pollution level in Budapest and five other towns (Debrecen, Miskolc, Szeged, Győr and Pécs) in order to protect the health of the potentially affected population, e.g. people suffering from cardio-vascular or respiratory diseases, elderly people, children.