ENVI Committee backs compromise agreement on EIAD
The compromise text on the update of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive (EIAD) agreed by the EP and the Council in December 2013 was backed by the ENVI Committee on 12 February. The new text will make environmental impact assessments clearer, build in biodiversity and climate change, and involve the public. It will also strengthen rules to ensure that decisions to authorize development projects are not influenced by conflicts of interest.
‘The revision of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive marks a very important stage in the history of EU environmental policy. After more than 28 years in operation, it is time to update this essential environment policy tool to cope with the new global challenges of the twenty-first century’, said MEP Andrea Zanoni (ALDE, IT), EP rapporteur on this issue.
‘Despite strong resistance from several member states, Parliament achieved its aim of raising quality standards to protect human health and the environment better. Governments will have to take these standards into account in order to make informed decisions. The agreement we negotiated received the support of key environmental NGOs’, he added.
The agreed text will be put to a vote by the EP as a whole during the 10-13 March plenary session in Strasbourg.
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