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Mayors of Paris and Brussels: Europe should hold an annual car-free day

Both pointed to "the urgency of climate issues and the health impact of pollution"

  • September 17, 2018 12:30
  • Author Monika Dimitrova
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Europe should hold an annual car-free day in a bid to ease air pollution, the mayors of Paris and Brussels said on the eve of a vehicle free day in their cities this weekend. The call came in a joint statement by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and her counterpart in Brussels, Philippe Close, in which the two pointed to "the urgency of climate issues and the health impact of pollution".

Both capitals on Sunday did their annual car-free day as part of the European Heritage Days 2018, a weekend of cultural events staged every year in EU countries. Between 2017 and 2018, car traffic in central Paris fell by 6%, which reduced air pollution "by a comparable proportion," City Hall said, describing it as a "record" drop.

Source: The Local