On 24 April 2017, the European Commission hosted the confernce NOISE IN EUROPE. The primary concern of officials is that noise caused by transportation is leading to sleep disturbance and links to increasing instances of cardiovascular disease.
The Directorate General for the Environment of the European Commission will hold a high level conference on Sustainable Tourism in addition to the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) Awards on 8 May 2017 in Malta. According to the United Nations, 2017 has been adopted as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The goal is to create a more sustainable tourism industry, and the conference provides an outlet for professionals to discuss how to do this.