Noise directive receives ringing endorsement

The European Commission has backed the EU’s Environmental Noise Directive following an investigation of its effectiveness

Noise barriers such as these can make living near major roads more comfortable. Photograph: Matthias Wolf / 123RFThe Environmental Noise Directive remains a “highly relevant” piece of EU legislation, the European Commission has concluded.

Its report, published on 16 December, follows a ‘REFIT’ investigation of the law’s effectiveness and concludes that difficulties in implementing it have largely been the fault of member states rather than problems with the legislation itself.

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