On 24 April 2017, the European Commission hosted the confernce NOISE IN EUROPE. The primary concern of officials is that noise caused by transportation is leading to sleep disturbance and links to increasing instances of cardiovascular disease.

A European Commission consultation has opened on the Directive 2002/49/EC relating to the assessment and management of environmental noise – in place since 2002. The purpose of the REFIT consultation is to seek views to establish if the Directive has been effective and efficient, contained relevant provisions, and was coherent with other EU legislation. Along with a Commission review of the Directive, the consultation responses will inform the future development of EU noise policy. The deadline for responses is the 28th March 2016

A consultation has been launched by the European Commission that looks at freight train operators having to pay more for the use of older noisy rolling stock. DG MOVE, the Commission’s transport department is though hesitant in using this approach through fear of shifting freight from rail back to the road. Railway noise is emerging as a major political issue that will become even more important with the predicted increase in rail traffic.