After two readings and a conciliation process, the Council and the Parliament agreed on the final wording of the noise directive.
After almost two years of discussions in the European Parliament and the Council, an agreement was finally reached on 27 February. The main issues agreed upon were:
- A new draft directive on tackling noise from rail, road, air traffic and building sites should be proposed by 2006. It should cover the gaps in the present legislation.
- A review of all existing Community measures on noise should be published within 18 months.
- The basic goal of the directive should be to “avoid, prevent and reduce” noise, and not only “combat” it as stated in the original proposal.
- The deadline for establishing the strategic noise mapping was pushed forward two years to 30 June 2008.