"[...] avoid, prevent or reduce on a prioritised basis the harmful effects, including annoyance, due to exposure to environmental noise [...]"END

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On the one hand, the aim is to counteract the exposure of the population to traffic noise with all its negative effects, in particular damage to health. On the other hand, the directive introduces Europe-wide, uniform methods for the calculation and assessment of environmental noise. The aim is to make the results comparable so that measures can be better coordinated.