According to research from the European Environment Agency (EEA), over 500,000 premature deaths a year in Europe are air-pollution related.
The study, conducted by the Copenhagen-based EEA, showed that the 520,400 deaths in 41 European countries during 2014 were the result of air pollutants from burning fossil fuels.
Of those deaths, nearly 430,000 were linked to fine particulate matter. Additionally, other air-pollution related deaths were associated with nitrogen dioxide emissions and ground-level ozone from motor vehicle emissions.
"The European Commission is committed to tackling this and help member states make sure that the quality of their citizens' air is of the highest standard," said Karmenu Vella, the EU commissioner for the environment, maritime affairs and fisheries.