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PR(06)58:The EFTA Surveillance Authority brings Liechtenstein before the EFTA Court for failing to implement rules relating to the assessment and management of environmental noise


The EFTA Surveillance Authority today decided to bring before the EFTA Court the matter of Liechtenstein’s failure to ensure implementation of Directive 2002/49/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 June 2002 relating to the assessment and management of environmental noise.

Liechtenstein should have implemented the Directive no later than 18 July 2004.

Directive 2002/49/EC aims to provide a common basis for tackling the noise problem across the EEA. The requirements and objective introduced by the Directive are:

  • To monitor the environmental problem, by requiring competent authorities in EEA States to draw up "strategic noise maps" for major roads, railways, airports and agglomerations, using harmonised noise indicators Lden (day-evening-night equivalent level) and Lnight (night equivalent level). These maps will be used to assess the number of people subject to annoyance and sleep disturbance respectively throughout Europe.
  • To inform and consult the public about noise exposure, its effects, and the measures considered to address noise.
  • To address local noise issues by requiring competent authorities to draw up action plans with a view to prevent and reduce environmental noise where necessary and to preserve environmental noise quality where it is good.
  • To develop a long-term European strategy, which includes objectives to reduce the number of people affected by noise in the longer term and which provides a framework for the further development of existing policy on noise reduction from source.


For further information, please contact:
Mr. Niels Fenger
Director, Legal & Executive Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 30


13 December 2006

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