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Effective reduction of noise generated by rail freight wagons in the European Union

Consultation period: 12/07/2013 - 3/10/2013

online questionnaire

Target group

Citizens, non-governmental organisations, the railway business community and their representatives (in particular railway undertakings, infrastructure managers, wagon owners), industry associations, academia and public authorities, who have an interest in the issue of railway noise.

Objective of the consultation

The Commission is seeking views in particular on:

  • extent of the problem;
  • assessment of existing measures;
  • relevance and impacts of proposed options.

This will feed in into an on-going impact assessment procedure, with a view of a possible proposal of the Commission which would address the issue of rail freight noise.

See also the Roadmap pdf - 243 KB [243 KB]

How to submit your contribution

The consultation is being launched only in electronic form via the interactive policy-making tool and is adressed to the stakeholders of the European Railway Area.

You are strongly advised to prepare your contribution in advance before filling-in the questionnaire online. We recommend you download the PDF file of the questionnaire pdf - 116 KB [116 KB] , to allow you to draft your answers to the open text questions carefully.

After preparing all your answers, please open the online questionnaire and fill it out.

Questions are either compulsory or optional. If any of the compulsory fields have not been filled in, the system will not allow you to submit the questionnaire but will redirect you to the incomplete answer and give you an opportunity to correct it. An error message will appear in a purple/red colour under the question in which a problem occurred.

If you leave the questionnaire for 90 minutes without activity, your countribution will not be saved due to a time-out.

Please note that you should not use the ‘Back’ button in the upper left-hand corner of the screen to navigate the online questionnaire, because this will lead to a loss of all the data that you have already inserted. For navigation, you should use the buttons ‘Next’ and ‘Previous’ at the bottom of the questionnaire page instead.

When you successfully submit the questionnaire, a confirmation message will appear on your screen and you can print your answers.

Contributions may be submitted in any official EU language.

Please note that it is not useful to submit the same answers many times because what will be taken into account are the arguments, facts and figures that are submitted, not the number of times they are submitted.

The summary of the consultation's results will be published on the Commission's website. If you do not wish your contribution to be made public, please indicate this in your reply. In that case, your reply will also not be mentioned in future documents that may refer to this consultation.

If you are replying on behalf of an organisation, please state your name, address and official title in your reply. Any reply on behalf of an organisation which does not state the interests which it represents or the extent to which it is representative of the sector (number of members, size of organisation in relation to the sector to which its members belong) will be regarded as an individual reply and not a collective reply.

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Please note that this document has been drafted for information and consultation purposes only. It has not been adopted or in any way approved by the European Commission and should not be regarded as representative of the views of Commission staff. It does not in any way prejudge, or constitute the announcement of, any position on the part of the Commission on the issues covered.

The European Commission does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided, nor does it accept responsibility for any use made thereof.