Subcategories Project status:
The implementation of the environmental impact assessment on the basis of precise examples
- Number: 2011/13
- Status: Postponed
- Period: 2011
- Lead Country: Austria
Project team countries:
* This project has been postponed to 2012 due to illness of the project manager.
The “Study concerning the report on the application and effectiveness of the EIA Directive (2009)” highlighted a number of “problematic areas” in the application of the EIA Directive, namely:
- Screening – inter alias, the use of thresholds
- Transboundary consultations – different procedures applied in the various Member States
- Quality control
In addition the Study pointed out other means of ensuring effectiveness in application like
- Guidance on the assessment of the impacts on human health
- Guidance on how to address the issue of “salami-slicing”
- Guidance on how to address the issue of cumulative effects of projects
- Guidance and/or assessment tools on the integration of climate change issues, focusing inter alia on projects for which these issues are particularly relevant
The recommendations in this Study and the experience with the application of EIA lead to this IMPEL project, where the following issues should be addressed:
- How do MS deal with aspects like screening, scoping cumulation, “salami slicing”?
- How are the results of the EIA taken into consideration? (both by using precise examples)
- Which thresholds lead to the application of EIA regime?
The Environmental Impact Assessment or EIA Directive was adopted in 1985 and was first amended in 1997. The EIA procedure ensures that the environmental consequences of projects are identified and assessed before authorisation is given. The public can give its opinion and all results are taken into account in the authorisation procedure of the project. The public is informed of the decision afterwards. The EIA Directive outlines the project categories which should be made subject to an EIA, the procedure that shall be followed and the content of the assessment.
The purpose of an environmental impact assessment (EIA) is to increase the consideration for environmental matters and management of resources in the decision-making through a regulated process of consultation.