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Green Paper on environmental noise reduction

The European Commission, on the initiative of Mrs. Ritt Bjerregaard, Commissioner responsible for environment policy, has published a Green Paper on the reduction of environmental noise.

The Green Paper aims to open a debate on the options for action, both at Community level ...
The European Commission, on the initiative of Mrs. Ritt Bjerregaard, Commissioner responsible for environment policy, has published a Green Paper on the reduction of environmental noise.

The Green Paper aims to open a debate on the options for action, both at Community level and in cooperation between the Community and Member States, to reduce noise levels. According to the Commission, around 80 million EU citizens suffer from unacceptable noise levels. The Green Paper is intended as a first step towards a noise abatement programme.

The options outlined in the Green Paper include the creation of a new framework, based on shared responsibility, involving target-setting, monitoring of progress and improved data collection and comparability across the Community. This new framework would entail Community action in the fields of:

- Assessment methods of noise exposure;
- Actions to reduce noise from road, rail and air transport further;
- Simplification of legislation on noise from outdoor equipment.

The Green Paper should stimulate a debate at all levels across the Community. The Commission wishes to receive comments from all interested parties before the end of March 1997.
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