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Decree Law No. 136-A/2019


Publication: Republic Diary No. 171/2019, Series I of 2019-09-06
  • Issuer: Presidency of the Council of Ministers
  • Diploma Type: Decree Law
  • Number: 136-A/2019
  • Pages: 99-(2) a 99-(4020)

Summary in plain english

What is it?

This decree-law amends the rules concerning the assessment and management of environmental noise, through the adoption of common noise assessment methods.

What is going to change?

The adoption of common noise assessment methods within the European Union is mandatory, and this amendment also introduces an open source electronic tool - CNOSSOS - as a new feature, which shall be used by all Member States in drawing up the plans, enabling the harmonisation of language and the reliability of information.

An administrative offence regime is established, which aims to comply with the obligations entrusted to the competent authorities for the preparation of strategic noise maps and action plans.

Strategic noise maps - compilation of data on an existing or predicted noise situation in terms of a noise indicator showing that any existing limit value is exceeded, the estimated number of people affected and the number of dwellings exposed to certain values of a noise indicator in a given area.

Action plans - identify the measures to be adopted whenever situations arise in which the limit values established in the General Noise Regulations are exceeded.

What advantages does it bring?

This decree-law aims to prevent and control noise pollution in order to protect human health and the environment through the adoption of harmonised noise assessment methods, the preparation of strategic noise maps, which can be consulted by citizens, and action plans.

When does it enter into force?

This decree-law enters into force on the following day after its publication.

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