Brussels takes Portugal to Court for breach of EU noise law

in News · 04-07-2020 18:00:00 · 8 Comments

The European Commission has announced that it has decided to file a complaint against Portugal before the Court of Justice of the European Union for disrespecting the Community law on the assessment and management of environmental noise.

In the context of the package of infringement procedures adopted by the Community executive, due to failures in the application of EU law by the Member States, the Commission indicates that it has decided to take action against Portugal and Slovakia for failing to take all necessary measures to ensure compliance of the noise directive.

Brussels points out that “Portugal does not yet have strategic noise maps for 5 main roads (out of a total of more than 500 of these roads) and has not yet prepared the action plans foreseen for two agglomerations (out of a total of 6) and 236 roads (out of a total of 555), nor any of the action plans for the 55 main railways”.

Recalling that the deadlines for mapping noise exposure and for drawing up noise action plans ended, respectively, in 2012 and 2013, after which they would have to be reviewed every five years, the Commission states that, “although the Portuguese and Slovak authorities have taken some steps to remedy the situation, progress has been slow”

"Since it is difficult to predict when Portugal and Slovakia will be able to ensure full compliance with their obligations, the Commission has decided, in both cases, to bring an action before the EU Court of Justice", justifies the Community executive.

The Commission underlines the importance of the correct application of the legislation, pointing out that “noise causes ischemic heart disease, disturbs sleep, affects the cognitive system and produces stress”, which is why “EU noise standards require Member States to adopt maps that identify the places exposed to harmful noise within large agglomerations or in the vicinity of the main rail, road and airport axes”.

"Citizens and authorities use these maps to define the measures to be taken in the framework of an action plan to reduce harmful noises to health or prevent them from reaching harmful levels", the Commission explains.

Brussels also recalls that "the noise caused by road, rail and airport traffic is, after atmospheric pollution, the second main environmental cause of premature death and the exposure to noise has been increasing".

“It is estimated that noise annually causes 12,000 premature deaths across Europe and contributes to 48,000 new cases of ischemic heart disease (caused by a narrowing of the cardiac arteries). It is also estimated that 6.5 million people suffer from severe chronic sleep disorders”, says the European Commission.


This is rubbish it’s the EU LOOKING FOR FINES to prop up their failing finances now britain is leaving.
From a trading block to a super power it makes you sick

By Ray weldrand from UK on 05-07-2020 04:54

This is just to move the attention from the real situation Brussels is confronting, homeless, immigration. Brussels should concentrate to provide better quality of life to its immigrants and homeless people. Within the lockdown people avoid to travel so noise is reduced. Surely Brussels politician must have more important things to do than this. Make me wondering why Brussels decided to take Portugal and Slovakia to the EU court at this time of the year when countries trying to survive from the pandemic. This proves how little commun sense Brussels has. Now I do understand why uk left EU.

By Favelina from UK on 05-07-2020 04:51

Most obnoxious noise come from the mouths of the eu parasite

By Larry rosen from UK on 05-07-2020 04:41

Things like this make you realise how great and good the EU are. With all that's going on in the world you would have thought they would have other things to prioritise

By Nigel Darvill from Algarve on 05-07-2020 03:48


Summertime!! Tourists! Yeeehaaa! To some here in Lagos a wonderful time to enhance the takings of their businesses..and I am happy for them. But o of noise! It increases a thousand times and màny of us can't wait to let it be over with. During these months our town centre turns into a hub of bars and restaurants and loud music. In this area there are mostly older people living in the surrounding apartments and it must be hell for them. Residents have to work long hours to serve the holiday makers (also without proper sleep). I live about a maybe a few hundred meters away in a travessa. The tourists who stay in holiday apartments around the corner from us are the most noisy and disrespectful people...and I don't intend offending the exceptions. Often they are intoxicated can hear them coming up the street..shouting..singing and talking aloud..with the more than occasional urinating over the flowerbeds..and if you dare say a word from your bedroom window where you are trying desperately to get a middle finger up your face!! is not just planes, trains and cars that make a noise, which is actually lògical if you use some kind of motor or engine..the human factor is just as terrible and irritating..and unacceptable..seeing that we are supposed to have good manners and brains! So..if there is noise reduction to be about making it a law..rule..that you shut your mouth with duct tape befòre you venture down your hosts streets where you are only a guest afterall.

By Benita Rodrigues from Algarve on 05-07-2020 03:47

Algarve is the most noisy region non stop barking dogs thats the biggest problem they can bark day and night and nobody cares

By Renata from Algarve on 05-07-2020 02:25

O yes! the one thing I do hate about Portugal is the nightly refuse collection. Driving around in first gear at maximum revs at midnight whilst shouting and banging the bins around as loudly as possible.

This is truly one of the gems of living in Lisbon that makes my night easier to sleep through!

By Jay from Lisbon on 05-07-2020 12:13

Portugal funds the vast majority of infrastructure using EU funds, yet consistently thumbs its nose at EU regulations, maybe the EU needs to turn off the money tap until Portugal meets its obligations such as the abolition of road tolls and overcharging of car taxes. Brussels never follows through with any of it, further waste of EU funding.

By Marie from Algarve on 05-07-2020 04:41
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