Evaluation of directive 2002/49/EC relating to the assessment and management of environmental noise
This study presents the findings from the second implementation review and the evaluation of the Environmental Noise Directive (“END”), carried out under the EC’s REFIT programme. The study has drawn on desk research, an online survey, an interview programme with more than 100 stakeholders across all EU Member States and a workshop (September 2015) to validate the results. The Directive’s objectives were found to remain relevant to identified policy needs, and coherent with other EU and national legislation (although internal coherence within the legal text could be improved). Regarding... effectiveness, it was found that progress has been made towards the two core objectives of the END (a “common approach” to noise management and informing EU noise-at-source legislation), but implementation has been delayed in many MS, especially regarding action planning. The research also identified evidence of a favourable cost-benefit ratio at measure level, implying that the Directive has been efficient, as well as strong European Added Value. Whilst the Directive demonstrates fitness for purpose overall, there are a number of ways in which its effectiveness and impacts might be improved in future.
- Corporate author(s): Accon , AECOM , Directorate-General for Environment (European Commission) , The Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services LLP (CSES) Themes: Environment policy and protection of the environment, Community secondary legislation
- Subject: degradation of the environment, directive (EU), environmental law, EU environmental policy, EU law - national law, EU Member State, noise, noise pollution, quality of the environment, report