This handbook has been developed to facilitate Member State reporting in a common format while ensuring that the reporting requirements of the END are met, among other voluntary information that could be facilitated.
It addresses the reporting obligations set out in the END and provides reporting templates for MS to utilise, directly downloadable from Reportnet.
This handbook has been prepared by the European Environment Agency on the basis of the original handbook prepared by Bureau Veritas and Extrium behalf of both the EEA and DG ENV in 2007. It has been updated to take account of the experience gained in the use of the Mechanism during the delivery of first round noise mapping data pertaining to the END.
It contains 11 sections:
- Section 1 provides an introduction to the handbook.
- Section 2 introduces the reporting requirements of Directive 2002/49/EC. This includes the reporting obligations set out in the Directive and also covers an introduction to the formatting requirements of the Reporting Mechanism and the associated data flows.
- Section 3 provides an overview of the Reporting Mechanism including an introduction to the different types of information to be reported and how the Mechanism is structured.
- Section 4 is a more technical section which sets out the Reporting Mechanism data model. It notes how the END data requirements have been translated into a coherent data structure. Specific details for any kind of information can be found in the corresponding annexes.
- Section 5 contains the description of how to deliver the requested information through Reportnet and how to proceed in case of updates or corrections in existing sources of information.
- Sections 6 and 7 provide general information concerning tabular and spatial information to be reported concerning all reporting obligations.
- Section 8 shows how the reports provided can be visualised by different means in Reportnet.
- Section 9 contains the general description of the quality assessment rules being performed against each individual report being delivered under END requirements.
- Finally sections 10 and 11 contain the options each Member State has to deliver the information from national databases as well as a glossary of terms.
- The annexes provide detailed data specifications which define the structure and formatting of the various data flows contained within the Reporting Mechanism.