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  • Simplification of Environmental Impact Assessment

    The newly amended Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive which came into force on the 15th May 2014 seeks to offer better protection for the environment while also reducing administrative burdens.

    Based on the experience of the first 25 years of the Directive the new Directive seeks to address some of the more problematic areas and provide a more streamlined process.

    The key amendments are as follows:

    •Member States now have a mandate to simplify their various environmental assessment procedures.
    •Screening decisions should be taken within 90 days (although extensions are possible in exceptional cases)
    •Public consultations should last at least 30 days.
    •Final decisions should be taken within a reasonable period of time.
    •The screening procedure to determine whether or not an EIA is required is to be simplified.
    •EIA reports are to be made clearer for the public.
    •The quality and the content of the reports will be improved. Competent authorities will also need to prove their objectivity, so as to avoid conflicts of interest.
    •The grounds for development consent decisions must be clear and made more transparent for the public.
    •If projects do entail significant adverse effects on the environment these projects will need to be monitored using procedures determined by the Member States.

    Published on May 19, 2014 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Planning Legislation; Tagged as: , , ,
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