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PR(06)24: Liechtenstein fails to implement rules relating to the assessment and management of environmental noise

10.5.2006

The EFTA Surveillance Authority today delivered a reasoned opinion to Liechtenstein due to the failure by that State to ensure implementation of Directive 2002/49/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 June 2002relating 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 preventing and reducing environmental noise where necessary and to preserving 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.

The purpose of the Authority’s reasoned opinion is to give the State in question a last chance to take corrective measures before the Authority decides whether to bring the matter before the EFTA Court. Liechtenstein has been given three months to take the measures necessary to comply with the reasoned opinion.


For further information, please contact:
Mr. Hallgrímur Ásgeirsson
Director, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 60

10 May 2006




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