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    According to reports, Non-profit environmental law organization ClientEarth has initiated a legal challenge against the Belgian regional government over its failure to handle pollution crisis in Brussels.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Non-profit environmental law organization ClientEarth has initiated a legal challenge against the Belgian regional government over its failure to handle pollution crisis in Brussels, the organization said in a statement on Wednesday.

    "We have successfully challenged the UK government and authorities in Germany over their failure to protect their people from air pollution. Now we are helping people in Belgium and the Czech Republic fight for their right to breathe clean air," ClientEarth lawyer Alan Andrews was quoted as saying in the statement on the organization’s website.

    The lawyer also highlighted the necessity to fight pollution at all levels and noted, that in spite of the fact, that the case in Brussels is regional, it is supposed to impel the national government and EU institutions to address the environmental problems, in particular, those caused by emissions from diesel cars, and to reduce pollution level so as to meet the European standards.

    According to the organization's data, air pollution in the European Union contributed to some 403,000 early deaths in 2012.

    Last week, ClientEarth won its case in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany, where the Administrative Court ruled that a diesel ban is to be introduced by January 2018.

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