EU states go quiet on machinery noise law

Germany, Italy, Greece and Portugal have been taken to task by the European Commission for allegedly failing to comply with a directive on noise from outdoor equipment. The Commission, which has yet to receive notification that the states have transposed the law onto their national statute books, is to send each a reasoned opinion - a second warning before court action is considered. Agreed in March 2000 (EED 17/03/00), the directive aims to curb noise from a range of sources, including cranes, compressors and lawn mowers. See European Commission press release.

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