On 15 May, the European Parliament formally adopted the joint text for the noise directive.
In July 2000, the European Commission issued a Framework Directive on the Assessment and Management of Environmental Noise. It aims to collect knowledge on noise pollution and lays the basis for the development of future action plans at local, national and EU levels. The main feature of the proposal is the introduction of "noise mapping" for urban agglomerations with more than 100,000 inhabitants and for the areas near major roads, railways and airports. The Commission's proposal does not seek to set common European-wide noise limits.
After two readings and conciliation negotiations between the Council and the Parliament, the directive has now been formally approved by the European Parliament. The rapporteur, Alexander de Roo (Greens/EFA, NL), stated that the agreed text "goes far beyond what seemed possible before second reading". (see EURACTIV