UEPC secures lobbying goals in final Plenary vote on EIAD
The European Parliament backed on 12 March the compromise agreement reached with the Council in December on the revision of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive. The agreed text was approved by 528 votes to 135, with 15 abstentions. The Council of Ministers is to vote on the file in the coming weeks.
UEPC has been lobbying MEPs and Member States throughout the legislative procedure and managed to secure important lobbying goals for European developers.
The key points are as follows:
Achieving an appropriate time frame for the approval of projects: The deadlines for decisions shall be left to Member States both at the stages of (1) screening to decide if an environmental impact assessment is needed and (2) granting development consent. In the case of screening, Member States shall ensure that the competent authority makes its determination as soon as possible and within a period of time not exceeding 90 days from the date on which the developer has submitted all the information required. In exceptional cases, the competent authority may extend that deadline to make its determination. In relation to granting development consent Member States shall ensure that the competent authority takes decisions within a reasonable period of time.
Ensuring the use of qualified experts: Experts involved in the preparation of environmental impact assessment reports should be qualified and competent. These do not need to be accredited as this would have led to additional bureaucracy.
Limiting the amount of information provided and the presentation of alternatives to the project considered: Where an environmental impact assessment is required, the developer shall prepare and submit an environmental impact assessment report including a non-technical summary information on the characteristics of the project; its potential impact on the environment and the measures envisaged in order to avoid and reduce significant effects; a description of reasonable alternatives which are relevant to the project and its specific characteristics and an indication of the main reasons for the option chosen, taking into account the effects of the project on the environment.
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