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Brussels, 15 December 2005

EU rules on aviation noise pollution: the European Commission takes Latvia to the Court

The Commission decided today to take Latvia to the Court of Justice for failing to transpose European legislation on the introduction of noise-related operating restrictions at EU airports. For a coherent approach to aviation noise reduction it is essential that Member States follow the European rules and procedures.

“Noise around airports is a particularly important issue for European citizens. Latvia must apply as soon as possible this legislation that provides for coherent solutions to noise problems around EU airports”, said Vice-President in charge of transport Jacques Barrot.

The Directive[1] requires the application by all EU Member States of specific procedures prior to introducing noise related operating restrictions. It provides a framework which safeguards internal market requirements by ensuring that similar solutions are applied if similar noise problems are identified at airports. In particular it provides a harmonized definition of marginally compliant airplanes and sets out the rules to be applied when introducing operating restrictions aimed at the withdrawal of this type of planes.

[1] Directive 2002/30/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 March on the establishment of rules and procedures with regard to the introduction of noise-related operating restrictions at Community airports, OJ L 085, 28.03.2002

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