Monday, June 11, 2012
According to a TravelDailyNews International story, the EU Council of transport ministers decided last week to recommend the aircraft noise regulation portion of the EC's Better Airports package of legislative proposals for adoption into law. If passed by the European Parliament, the proposed legislation would replace Directive 2002/30/EC in an attempt to better harmonize noise regulation across EU Member States and promote greater adherence to ICAO's "balanced approach" to aircraft noise management. Member States would still determine the substance of their noise regulations under the new proposal as the proposed changes are directed at the processes by which noise regulations are adopted rather than the substance of the regulations. The Council endorsed the proposed changes to ground handling in March and will next take up the Better Airports proposal on slots. The European Parliament is expected to vote on the entire package by the end of this year.