Talks initiated by Budapest Mayor István Tarlós are under way concerning noise pollution in the vicinity of Liszt Ferenc International Airport, the ministry of innovation and technology said. Representatives of the metropolitan council, the ministry, Budapest Airport, HungaroControl and civil organisations have been involved in talks since January to assess possible measures aimed at meeting the demands of local residents affected by the noise, the ministry said in a statement.
Stricter regulations were introduced last year in line with European requirements. An infringement procedure against Hungary would have gone ahead without the changes, the statement added. “Thanks to the new regulations, noise from the airport is affecting smaller areas and fewer residents,” the ministry said. Currently, however, the noise pollution is not shared equally between various areas and consultations are justified at the level of the metropolitan council to review various proposals, the ministry added.