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KPK Mar 13, 2020 09:37 AM
Noise pollution in urban areas of Greece, especially at night, from community sources such as bars and clubs is a growing concern. Central neighborhoods of large cities are now overburdened with such establishments, and complaints by residents to local and government authorities are commonplace. There are many reasons for this problem: e.g. continuous growth of the leisure sector of the economy, lax or outdated legislation, lack of adherence to laws (disobedience culture), insufficient or improper policing. Your latest research (Environmental Noise in Europe – 2020) does not address this issue at all, however in the 2011 joint publication the WHO and the Joint Research Center of the European Commission on environmental noise this particular topic is acknowledged (https://bit.ly/33j6xfE). Hence, I would like to know if you have any recent data on the subject and where it is available and if not why?
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EEA Mar 13, 2020 12:59 PM
Dear M. KPK,

The EEA aims to support the development and implementation of sound environmental policies in the EU and other EEA member countries by delivering timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policy-makers and the public. This is accomplished by collecting environmental data through EIONET (the European Environmental Information and Observation Network). EIONET is a network of environmental bodies and institutions active in the EEA member countries. Based on the compiled data the EEA produces environmental reports and indicators, which assist the European Community in its attempt to improve the environment and move towards sustainability in Europe. For additional information about the activities of the EEA, please consult the EEA homepage: http://www.eea.europa.eu/.

Following a proposal by the Commission adopted in 2000, the European Parliament and Council adopted Directive 2002/49/EC relating to the assessment and management of environmental noise on 25 June 2002, also known as the "European Noise Directive - END". The EEA supports the implementation of the END by gathering population exposure data from the EEA-33 countries through our reporting system. The EEA also makes available the information submitted by countries to the public, for example via the report that you mention.

The Directive introduced two key indicators for annoyance and sleep disturbance, which, if exceeded, require action plans to be drawn up that are designed to reduce exposure and protect areas not yet polluted by noise. Nevertheless, this Directive only tackles major roads, major railways, major airports and all roads, rails, airports and industries in urban areas above 100,000 people. As a result, it doesn’t apply to recreational noise, which is usually managed at local level. Our reports therefore do not tackle this topic either and we do not possess such information. We would thus suggest that you contact your local or national authorities for more information on this matter.

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