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The Equilibrium Institute’s first policy proposal poses the question: “How do we save thirteen thousand Hungarian lives?”

The research paper presents the problem of air pollution in Hungary and presents possible solutions for regulating and resolving the issue of air pollution.

Within the European Union, Hungary’s life expectancy at birth is the fifth-lowest, lagging almost three years behind the expected healthy years after the age of 65. Hungary’s appalling health indicators are not the consequences of fixed national endowments. The causes are easily identifiable, as air pollution seems to be one of the biggest hazards to national health. The research identifies particulate matter, nitrogen oxide, residential heating and transportation as the most significant air pollutants.

The recently published research recommends controlling air pollution by interfering in the sectors of construction and transportation. Besides the detailed study, two other policy recommendations are available, which summarize – based on professional agreement – the achievable, and necessary actions which must be taken to avoid further air quality deterioration.

The study and the recommendations are available here.

In the upcoming year, the recently published policy recommendation will be followed by further 15-20 studies and policy suggestions which will cover the topics of economic development, reducing poverty, improving the education system and positive national identity. The policy recommendations aim to address the policymakers and economic professionals in Hungary. The think tank makes all of its materials available for free so that the decision-makers always have it at hand.