Reacting to a leaked draft of the Commission's 2015 work programme which shows that the EU's air quality package and waste package are amongst a list of proposals set to be withdrawn, Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder commented:
"The EU should be cutting red tape, not cutting life expectancy.
"Thousands of people in die prematurely each year from diseases caused by air pollution.
"To withdraw this proposal would send a message that the new Commission puts the interests of big business ahead of the health of European citizens.
"There is plenty of scope to improve EU regulation without taking an axe to environmental legislation."
Catherine Bearder is the lead negotiator for the Liberal group on new proposed EU air pollution limits. The draft Commission's work programme may be altered before it is approved by Commissioners next Tuesday and presented to the European Parliament in Strasbourg.