published: 18.10.2013, 10:58 | updated: 18.10.2013 11:25:13
Praha - The Prague Municipal Court dismissed today a complaint by the city of Ostrava, north Moravia, against the government and the environment and transport ministries over air pollution, saying the city did not prove that the pollution is due to the offices´ inactivity.
The court, however, admitted that the permissible levels of pollutants are exceeded in Ostrava.
Ostrava says the government and the two ministries do not sufficiently protect the purity of air in the region, one of the worst in Europe, and that they have not created an operable system ensuring the observance of emissions levels.
Ostrava filed a similar complaint in the spring of 2010 already.
The city considers state subsidies for the exchange of old boilers for new, more environment-friendly ones insufficient.
It also criticises the considered transfer of more than three billion crowns from the Environment Operational Programme to the Transport Programme and the government´s allegedly small pressure on the neighbouring Poland that experts say is a partial source of air pollution in the Ostrava vicinity.
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