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Question parlementaire - E-009555/2014(ASW)Question parlementaire
E-009555/2014(ASW)
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Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the Commission

The Commission has continuously worked on improving the implementation of Directive 2002/49/EC[1], as well as on strengthening the EU noise legislative framework.

In this context, the Commission recently proposed a draft revised Annex II of the directive, establishing common noise assessment methods in Europe. The draft received a favourable opinion of the Member States via Regulatory Committee in July 2014 and will shortly be submitted to the Parliament and Council for scrutiny. The Commission is also considering a revision of Annex III of the directive, with a view to improving the assessment of the harmful effects of noise.

As part of its programme on Regulatory Fitness and Performance, the Commission decided to submit Directive 2002/49/EC with a view to evaluate its appropriateness with a view to simplifying it and reduce its burden. The Commission has recently begun the evaluation process, which will include an assessment of the directive's effectiveness and efficiency. The evaluation report, which will also provide an assessment of the implementation of the directive, is planned to be available before 2016.

Finally, the Commission is continuously engaging with Member States to improve the implementation of the directive. The Commission is also working on updating EU legislation on noise at source. Recent examples of this activity include Regulation (EU) 540/2014[2] on the sound level of motor vehicles and Regulation (EU) 598/2014[3] on the introduction of noise-related operating restrictions at Union airports.