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Noise restrictions at EU airports

The European Council and Parliament have agreed on noise-related operating restrictions at European airports.

Member States' permanent representatives have endorsed the compromise reached between the Council and European Parliament concerning a regulation which harmonises and strengthens rules on how authorities take decisions on operating restrictions to limit nuisance from aircraft noise.

The rules are based on principles agreed by ICAO, known as the 'Balanced Approach' to noise management. They are designed to identify the most cost-efficient way of tackling aircraft noise.

The Balanced Approach aims to strike a balance between citizens' quality-of-life in terms of protection from aircraft noise, and the needs of air transport.

It should make the noise assessment process more robust and put authorities in a better position to phase out the noisiest aircraft. Incorporation of the international rules should also reduce the risk of international disputes in the event of third country carriers being affected by noise abatement measures.

Key issues agreed between the Council and the Parliament cover:
- Right of review
- Health considerations
- Noise performance information
- Information to the citizens
- Phasing-out of noisier aircraft

The agreed text still needs to be formally approved by the Council and then by the Parliament, which has 3 months to object to the Council's position. The procedure is expected to be completed this spring.

The regulation would enter into force 2 years after its publication in the EU Official Journal, with a one-year transition period for adoption.

Details from the EU below . .

  • 02 February 2014
  • CMAG

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