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

The Fitness Check of monitoring and reporting obligations in environment policy aims at ensuring that environmental monitoring and reporting is fit for purpose: delivering the right information, at the right time and in an efficient way. It is likely to identify some additional information that is required but also some existing reporting requirements that can be scaled back or met in a more efficient (less burdensome) manner.

First the MEPs, then ten Member States joined over 500 000 citizens in calling for the European Commission not to re draft the Nature Directives as a result of the REFIT that Vice Presidency Franz Timmermans has been leading over the last few months. ENEP and representatives from the new Thematic Task Force attended the REFIT conference on the Nature Directives on Friday 20th November 2015 as one of the contributing organisations.