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To force the European Commission to come up with a legislative proposal, MEP's Bart Staes and Pierre Jonckheer submitted a Written Declaration to the European Parliament. MEP Caroline Lucas also expressed her support for the action. In the declaration, they ask for severe restrictions of night flights between 11.00 PM and 07.00 AM throughout the European Union, as is asked by the WHO.

Written declaration on noise nuisance caused by night flights

Vervaldatum: 15.2.2005

The European Parliament,

- having regard to Rule 116 of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas noise nuisance caused by night flights threatens the quality of life and the health of more than 10 million inhabitants of the EU and whereas the resultant costs to society in terms of sick leave and health problems are enormous,

B. whereas airlines are exploiting the lack of European legislation to play off airports and Member States against one another, as a result of which both the job security of airport staff and the sleep of those living near airports are jeopardised,

C. whereas the EC Treaty provides that the Community shall ensure a high level of human health protection, the Lisbon Strategy states that the creation of new jobs and environmental protection must go hand in hand, and the Sixth Environmental Action Programme provides for a substantial reduction in the number of people regularly affected by long-term high levels of noise,

D. whereas only a European approach to the problem can bring about solutions,

1. Calls on the Commission to submit a legislative proposal by the end of 2005 with a view to reducing the nuisance caused by aircraft noise between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. to the absolute minimum;
2. Instructs its President to forward this declaration, together with the names of the signatories, to the Commission and the governments and parliaments of the Member States and the applicant countries.

The original document can be found on http://www.europarl.eu.int/Declaration/document/2004/P6_DCL(2004)0048/P6_DCL(2004)0048_EN.doc