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Parliamentary questions
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26 June 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Fabio Massimo Castaldo (NI), Chiara Gemma (NI), Mario Furore (NI), Laura Ferrara (NI), Tiziana Beghin (NI)
 Subject: Loopholes in the law on noise pollution as regards race tracks and Commission initiative

On 11 December 2019, the Commission presented the European Green Deal, its new strategy to transform Europe into the first climate-neutral continent.

However, the document makes no mention of measures to combat the problem of noise pollution.

According to the most recent report issued by the European Environment Agency, noise pollution is responsible for 10 000 premature deaths in Europe each year (1)

and the cause of medical conditions ranging from sleep disruption to mental illness.

The directive relating to the assessment and management of environmental noise (2002/49/EC) requires Member States to draw up noise maps, although the scope of that requirement excludes significant sectors such as motor racing (2) : in some cases, for example that of the Mugello race track, national rules provide for unlimited derogations (3)

for the performance of technical tests, resulting in serious damage to the health of local residents.

In the light of the above:

1. Can the Commission say whether it intends to take steps to close the existing loopholes in the law on the management of environmental noise?

2. Does it intend to include in its future strategy specific measures to combat noise pollution and thus guarantee EU citizens’ right to health as provided for in Articles 191, 192 and 193 TFEU?

(1)Noise in Europe, 2014, https://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/noise-in-europe-2014 
(2)See the Commission’s reply to a petition submitted by a Belgian citizen, https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/PETI-CM-595525_EN.pdf?redirect 
(3)Article 7(3) of Legislative Decree 304 of 3 April 2001 reads as follows: As regards existing race tracks and test tracks which are not the venue for Formula 1, Formula 3000, MotoGP or similar races, derogations may be granted for the performance of technical tests for a maximum of 60 days in the calendar year. As regards existing race tracks which are venues for events of the kind referred to above, unlimited derogations may be granted provided that the operator instructs the beneficiaries of derogations to keep noise levels as measured within dwellings below 45 dB (A) during the day and 35 dB (A) at night. 
Original language of question: IT
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