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Country contact on EIA
Contact details for the country contact on EIA.
The Environment Directorate-General of the European Commission is the responsible authority for EIA in the European Union. It can be contacted via the contact form on its website, or via its postal address:
B - 1049 Brussels
History of EIA
Brief description of the history of the EIA system in the country, including when it was introduced and any major milestones in its development.
The First Action Programme on the Environment (1973) of the European Community (OJ C 112, 20.12.73) indicated prevention as one of the essential principles of the Community's environmental policy. It states that
'Effects on the environment should be taken into account at the earliest possible stage in all the technical planning and decision-making processes.'
An EIA Directive was proposed for the first time in the Second Action Programme on the Environment (1977) of the European Community (OJ C 139, 13.6.77):
'In order to determine whether and to what extent the regulations of the Member States need to be harmonized, and whether this is necessary at Community level, the Commission will undertake the necessary studies. It will examine how procedures for assessing impact on the environment might be applied in the Community- and in the Member States, while taking due account of the administrative situations peculiar to the various Member States.'
The suggestion however evoked strong opposition. After eight years of debate, Council Directive 85/377/EEC was the first EU EIA Directive.
It has been amended several times, in Directive 97/11/EC, Directive 2003/35/EC, and Directive 2009/31/EC. These amendments were codified in Directive 2011/92/EU, which is the EU's active EIA Directive. It was amended again in April 2014 in Directive 2014/52/EU, which is to be applied by the 16th of May 2017.
Year of introduction of EIA legislation
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Legal framework for EIA
Year of introduction of first national detailed regulation for EIA
Year when when the first national detailed regulation (procedural requirements) through which EIA was operationalized.
Council Directive 85/337/EEC of 27 June 1985 on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment is the first EU legislation on EIA. It states that:
'Member States shall adopt all measures necessary to ensure that, before consent is given, projects likely to have significant effects on the environment by virtue inter alia, of their nature, size or location are made subject to an assessment with regard to their effects.'
The Directive contains definitions of the types of projects that should be subject to EIA and specifies the main contents and procedural requirements (including those for public participation) of EIA. It also discusses the responsibilities of member states in ensuring that EIAs are properly executed, while giving them a certain degree of freedom to interpret and execute EIA according to their own context.
Approving authority of first national detailed regulation for EIA
The authority that approved the first national detailed regulation (procedural requirements) through which EIA was operationalized.
Council of the European Communities
Recent updates and additions to the EIA legislation
Revisions of the EIA provisions in the enabling law or the national detailed EIA regulation (procedural requirements) are named. The year is listed, and the main changes since the first regulation are mentioned, if available. Also, additional EIA-re
Council Directive 85/377/EEC was amended several times, often following the ratification of UN conventions by EU member countries:
- Directive 97/11/EC brought the Directive in line with the Espoo Convention on EIA in a transboundary context and extended the list of project types requiring EIA.
- Directive 2003/35/EC aligned EIA with provisions on public participation in decision-making and access to justice from the Aarhus Convention.
- Directive 2009/31/EC made EIA obligatory for certain types of projects related to transport and the capture and storage of CO2.
These amendments were codified in Directive 2011/92/EU, which is the EU's active EIA Directive.
As a result of a review process of the EIA Directive, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a revision of the current EIA Directive (26 October 2012) and subsequently a number of amendments to this proposal (9 October 2013). As a result, a number of amendments to the current EIA Directive were accepted by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union in April 2014 in Directive 2014/52/EU. Member states need to comply wih this Directive by the 16th of May 2017.
Summarized, these amendments entail:
- Clarification of the definition of 'environmental impact assessment' and requirements of the EIA report;
- Clarification of the screening process and in particular contents of the starting document and deadlines;
- Clarification of timeframes for public participation;
- Clarification of incorporation of EIA results in decision-making;
- Inclusion of or increased emphasis on specific topics including health, climate change, and biodiversity effects of projects.
Sector specific procedures or regulations on EIA
Any existing sectoral procedural or content regulations are listed here, as well as the authority that issued each.
There are no sector specific procedures or regulations on EIA at the EU level.
Current national detailed regulation for EIA
Name of current national detailed regulation for EIA and link to it.
Current: These amendments were codified in Directive 2011/92/EU, which is the EU's active EIA Directive.
As from May 16th, 2017: Directive 2014/52/EU.
Any government issued guidelines on EIA (general, or sectoral) are listed here, as well as the authority that issued each. Describe the legal status of the guidelines.
In 2001, the European Commission issued guidelines for EIA concerning screening, scoping and review (see below in the relevant sections under 'EIA procedure'). These guidance documents are not binding. Their aim is:
'... to provide practical help to those involved in these stages in the EIA process, drawing upon experience from around Europe and worldwide.'
Ultimately, the European Court of Justice decides on the interpretation of EIA directives.
Under the following link further EIA-related guidance documents of the European Commission can be accessed.
Objective of EIA
The objective of EIA as stated in the above described legal basis.
The formal objective of EIA according to the EU EIA Directive is as follows:
'... projects likely to have significant effects on the environment by virtue, inter alia, of their nature, size or location are made subject to a requirement for development consent and an assessment with regard to their effects.'
Scope of EIA application
Describes which types of activities require EIA (public and/or private activities; national and/or foreign initiated project; or all such projects)
The Directive does not specify EIA obligation for projects from specific initiators (public or private, national or foreign).
Exemptions from EIA application
Describes any (groups of) activities identified in the regulation that are exempted from the requirement to do EIA (e.g. military or emergency activities).
Article 2(4) of the EIA directive states that in exceptional cases, EU member states may decide to exempt projects from the provisions in the Directive. In such cases, member states have to justify this decision to the European Commission and to consider whether another form of assessment is appropriate.The European Commission provides for clarification regarding the interpretation of this Article in a non-binding guidance document (2006).
Further, Article 1(4) of the Directive determines that member states may decide on a case-by-case basis to exempt 'projects serving national defence purposes', if the national law provides for this possibility.
Institutional setting for EIA
Central EIA authority
Is there a central authority in charge of implementing EIA? Is it independent or linked to a higher body (e.g ministry)? What are its tasks related to EIA?
EU member states may decide on the specific configuration of EIA in their country, including the establishment of a national EIA authority.
Other key (governmental) parties involved in EIA, and their roles
Lists other key parties (e.g. a review commission, knowledge institute) that have a role in many or all EIAs.
Which key parties are involved in EIA differs per member state.
Mandate for exemption of EIA obligation
Describes if there is a legal mandate for a competent authority to make exemptions of EIA obligation. And if yes, under which conditions (e.g. national security, disasters or no conditions/when deemed necessary).
EU member states have the mandate to exempt projects from EIA obligation, but they need to justify this decision towards the European Commission.
(De)centralisation of EIA mandates
Describes if EIA mandates are (de)centralised. Vertical decentralization refers to the extent to which the responsibility for EIA processes are delegated by the central government to the provincial or local authorities. Sectoral or horizontal decen
The European Commission issues Directives that provide for standards that need to be followed across the European Union. Decision-making on EIA, however, takes place at the national level (or, if member states decide so, at the regional/local level).
Overview EIA procedure
Characterizes the overall EIA procedure. If relevant, interesting aspects of the EIA procedure are mentioned such as: which procedural steps are part of the EIA procedure? How are they linked to each other? Are there different levels of assessment di
The EIA procedure according to the EU EIA Directive is visualized in this image.
The steps marked in orange must be followed in all Member States under Directives 85/337 EC, 97/11/EC, 2011/92/EU and 2014/52/EU, as of the 16th of May 2017.
The steps highlighted in yellow have only recently been introduced as a formal step of the EIA procedure, namely through the Directive 2014/52/EU.
The steps which are not highlighted form part of good practice in EIA and have been formalised in some member states but not in all. Consultations with environmental authorities and other interested parties may be required during some of these additional steps in some member states.
Scoping is not mandatory but member states must establish a voluntary procedure by which developers can request a scoping opinion from the competent authority if they wish.
Screening requirement and authority
Describes if a formal screening decision required, and if so, which authority is responsible for this decision. Is this decision published?
A formal screening decision is required according to the EU EIA Directive, but details are to be decided by member states. The April 2014 amendments (applied by 16th of May 2017) include greater detail on screening prerequisites than previous Directives.
Describes the screening process: steps in screening, the stakeholders involved and outcomes of the process, status of screening advice of different stakeholders, etc. Also describes any prescribed methods for screening. If preliminary EIA's / light EIA's / Initial Environmental Evaluations (IEE) are done in this country and which criteria determine whether a preliminary or a full EIA is requested
According to the EU EIA Directive, EIA is obligatory for types of projects listed in Annex I of the Directive. These are projects considered to have significant environmental effects, such as large-scale infrastructure projects, waste disposal installations and waste water treatment plants.
For other types of projects, listed in Annex II of the Directive (e.g. urban development projects and small-scale infrastructure developments), EU member countries are free to determine their own screening process to decide whether or not such projects should be subject to EIA. Member states can choose to decide this either on a case-by-case examination, or through their own criteria (but taking into account the selection criteria mentioned in Annex III of the Directive).
The screening decision should be made available to the public, providing reasons for the decision with reference to the criteria listed in Annex III of the Directive. If no EIA is required, project features to avoid/prevent adverse environmental effects can be included.
The European Commission published several documents that provide member states with guidance on screening. They can be used on a voluntary basis.
- Guidance on screening
- Screening checklist
- Interpretation of definition of certain project categories of Annex I and Annex II of the EIA Directive
Provision for sensitive areas
Are specific requirements formulated for environmentally sensitive areas? (e.g. no minimum thresholds, full EIA instead of partial EIA)
Annex III of the EIA Directive determines that the environmental sensitivity of geographical areas, which are likely to be affected by project, must be considered for case-by-case screening and the definition of screening thresholds/criteria. It provides for a list of criteria that need to be considered with this respect.
Contents of the starting document
Describes the required content of the starting document (if any) that the proponent should submit to the competent authority for EIA screening. Mentions if the starting document is published.
In Annex IIA, the April 2014 amendments to the Directive (to be applied by the 16th of May 2017) mention the following topics as requirements for the starting document:
- Project description including physical and location characteristics;
- Description of aspects of the environment that are likely to be significantly affected by the project;
- Description of any likely significant effects of the project on the environment resulting from:
- Expected residues, emissions and waste production;
- Use of natural resources.
Maximum number of (working) days allowed between submission of the starting document and the screening decision.
The April 2014 amendments to the EIA Directive (to be applied by the 16th of May 2017) prescribe a period of 90 days for screening, from the date on which the developer has submitted the required information. In exceptional cases (e.g. relating to the nature, complexity, location or size of the project), the competent authority may extend this deadline and in that case should inform the developer on the reasons for this decision.
Is a formal scoping step required as part of the EIA process?
Scoping is not mandatory under the Directive but member states must establish a voluntary procedure by which developers can request a scoping opinion from the competent authority if they wish.
Describes who carries main responsibility to undertake scoping and what the roles and responsibilities of the involved parties during the process are. Specifically, is there independent formulation and/or review of the scoping document, approval of the scoping document? Are any methods prescribed, e.g. participation, checklists. What guidance is provided?
Since scoping is not mandatory according to the Directive, there are no binding regulations on the scoping process. Member states are free to make scoping mandatory and design appropriate regulations.
The European Commission has however published two documents to provide member states with guidance on scoping. These can be used voluntarily.
Contents of the scoping document
Explains if there are there specific requirements for the content of the scoping document, and if so, what these are.
There are no legally binding requirements concerning the contents of the scoping document.
Number of (working) days for the decision on approval of the scoping document by the competent authority.
No legally binding timeline for the scoping procedure exists at the EU level.
Assessment and reporting
Steps and roles of stakeholders in the assessment and status of the input of the stakeholders. Also sets out methods for assessment of the environmental impacts of the activity, if prescribed, and whether the assessment covers environmental, social, economic and/or transboundary effects.
The Directive (including amendments from April 2014) prescribes that an EIA should assess direct and indirect project effects on the following factors:
- population and human health;
- biodiversity, with particular attention to species and habitats protected under Directive 92/43/EEC and Directive 2009/147/EC;
- land, soil, water, air, and climate;
- material assets, cultural heritage and the landscape;
- the interaction between any of these factors.
The April 2014 amendments obligate the developer to ensure that the experts which undertake the EIA are competent and qualified. These obligations, however, are not further specified.
Contents of the EIA report
Explains what should be contained in the EIA report. Specifies if a potential Environmental Management Plan is part of the EIA report or if it is a separate document that contributes to the EIA process.
The EIA Directive, amended in April 2014, indicates the following as essential elements of an EIA report:
- A project description including information on its site, design, and size;
- A description of likely significant effects of the project on the environment;
- A description of project features/measures to avoid, prevent, reduce or offset adverse environmental effects;
- A description of studied alternatives and reasons for selecting the chosen alternative, including environmental considerations;
- A non-technical summary of the above;
- Any additional information as referred to in Annex IV of the Directive (including amendments), if relevant.
Annex IV contains additional aspects and details that can be taken into account, for instance descriptions of required demolition works, of energy and resources used during operation, and of expected residues, emissions and wastes generated by the project.
Overview of the review process, including: steps in the process and roles of the stakeholders, status of the input of the stakeholders. Is the process open to public? Review method: internal review, external review, panel/commission (permanent or temporary), are the review results documented? Are the review criteria general or case by case? Are the review results documented? Is a potential review
The 2014/52/EU Directive (to be applied by 16th of May 2017) firstly requires the EIA review as a formal step of the EIA procedure. According to Article 1(g)(iii), the competent is responsible for the examination of the EIA report and supplementary information, if available.
In 2001, the European commission has published a guideline on EIA review. At that time, EIA review was still voluntary.
Describes if the EIA is checked by external parties, and if so to what extent these represent required disciplines/expertise. Also sets out if measures have been taken to ensure that reviewers are impartial?
According to Article 5.3b of Directive 2014/52/EU as of 16th of May 2017, the competent authority has to ensure that it has, or has access to, sufficient expertise to conduct the review.
Number of (working) days for review of the EIA by the competent authority.
There is no legally binding timeline for reviews at the EU level.
Integration of EIA into decision-making
Describes what kind of decision-making processes the EIA is intended to support. We look specifically at the decision on EIA approval, and how this relates to envirionmental approval for the project, and other project approval decisions (permits) needed before a project can proceed. This category describes which decisions are influenced by EIA and how they are linked to each other.
The Directive states that the EIA, including results from consultations, public participation and transboundary interactions (where appropriate) needs to be taken into consideration in the decision-making procedure on the requested development consent.
Describes which authority/authorities is/are responsible for each of the main decision-making processes on EIA (EIA approval, environmental approval and/or project approval). It is explained if those decisions are taken by the same or different authorities.
The Directive does not determine which institutions shall be the competent authority for decision-making. However, the 2014 Amendments of the Directive (to be applied by the 16th of May 2017) promulgate that if the competent authority is also the developer, the member states shall ensure an appropriate separation at administrative level between the conflicting functions (Article 9a).
Mentions if the decision (on EIA approval and/or environmental approval) is linked to certain documents (e.g. environmental management plan, permit conditions) in order to facilitate the management of environmental risks during project implementation. Also describes if commitments of the proponent are incorporated into legally binding instruments.
Article 8a of the 2014 Amendments of the Directive (to be applied by the 16th of May 2017) provide for the following requirements on the content of decision documents:
- the reasoned conclusion by the competent authority on the significant effects of the project on the environment. It takes into account the results of the EIA review process.
- environmental conditions attached to the decision
- In case of refusal to grant the permit, the reasons for this decision should be stated
Sets out requirements for justification of the consideration of the EIA information in decision-making (on EIA approval, environmental approval and/or project approval).
Article 9 of the EIA Directive determines that the reasons and considerations on which the decision was based need to be made available to the public.
Does the decision (on EIA approval, environmental approval and/or project approval) have to be published? Also, is the decision justification published as well?
After taking a decision on the requested development consent, the competent authorities is responsible for informing the public of that decision. The following information should be provided:
- The content of the decision and any conditions attached to that decision;
- Reasons for this decision, including information on the public participation process and how concerns and opinions of the public were addressed;
- Where necessary, a description of measures to avoid, reduce or offset major adverse effects.
The competent authority is also responsible for informing any other member state that has been consulted because it has a recognized stake in the decision (due to transboundary effects; see Article 7 of the Directive) on the decision that has been taken.
In both cases, member states need to ensure that the information is made available in a manner that is appropriate for the targeted public.
Maximum number of (working) days available to the competent authority to make the EIA based decision (EIA approval, environmental clearance and/or project approval).
There is no legally binding time-line for decision-making. The Directive as amended in April 2014 (to be applied by the 16th of May 2017) states that member states should ensure that the competent authority takes a decision in a 'reasonable period of time'.
Monitoring, Compliance and Enforcement
Is compliance monitoring required to check if the project is implemented as described in the EIA documents and/or if mitigation of environmental impacts complies with applicable standards and other measures set out in the EIA documents? Who is responsible for ensuring compliance? How does this authority ensure compliance (for example, through inspections)? And what requirements are there for the p
At 2014 Amendments of the EIA Directive (to be applied by the 16th of May 2017) introduces provisions regarding compliance monitoring. Its Articele 8a(4) promulgates that member states are responsible for ensuring that the conditions of the licence are implemented by the developer. The member states shall determine the procedures for this monitoring process. The Article further determines that the parameters that are to be monitored and the duration of the monitoring process shall be proportionate to the nature, location and size of the project and the significance of its effects on the environment.
Are there monitoring requirements that involve external parties, such as citizen monitoring (for example, through a complaints procedure), or third party auditing?
There are no legal obligations for external monitoring.
Are there penalties that the authority responsible for compliance can apply if environmental conditions are not met? What are these? (for example, fines, suspension of license)
The April 2014 amendments to the EIA Directive stipulate that member states are responsible for laying down rules on appropriate penalties to violations of the Directive.
Are there any requirements to monitor if the impacts in reality are as they were predicted in the EIA, with the purpose of evaluating the EIA itself and improving future EIA practice?
There are no legal obligations for EIA evaluation.
The EIA Directive mentions that member states and the European Commission should exchange information on experiences gained in application of the Directive.
Is the proponent required to pay a fee when applying for an EIA? Is this fee linked to a permitting fee, or separate? If yes, when is this paid and to whom (to the agency that issues the license or to a central agency)?
EU regulations do not specify a payment system for EIA.
Public participation requirements for EIA process stages
Describes for which of the EIA process stages public participation is required.
Public participation requirements apply to various EIA process stages. At a minimum, the screening decision must be published, information used in scoping (if relevant) should be made available, the public should be given opportunities to comment early in the decision-making stage, and the decision should be published. See below under 'Access to information' for details.
Public participation guidance
Has any guidance on participation been provided?
The Guidance on screening and Guidance on scoping briefly elaborate on public participation (Screening sections B3.4.3 and B3.5, Scoping sections A3.3 and B5).
Access to information
Which of the information that is generated in the EIA process is available to the public? Specifically, which reports and decision statements?
The Directive stipulates that the public shall have access to the following information:
- the request for development consent;
- the fact that the project is subject to EIA and, where relevant, that Article 7 (on transboundary issues) applies;
- details of the competent authority for decision-making, of where information can be obtained, where comments and questions can be submitted, and of the time schedule for submitting comments/questions;
- the nature of possible decisions or, if available, of the draft decision;
- an indication of the availability of a scoping report;
- an indication of times, places and means whereby relevant information will be available;
- details of public participation arrangements.
Furthermore, member states are responsible for ensuring that the public concerned has access to any information gathered as part of the scoping procedure and to the main reports and advice issued to the competent authority. Moreover, any information that results from the dissemination of the above mentioned documents to the public and that is relevant for the decision-making process, should be made publicly available.
How can the public receive the information that is publicly available? Are there public announcement on the proceedings? How/where are these published? Is information made available locally? Is information sent on request? etc.
The Directive, including the April 2014 amendments, prescribe that the public needs to be informed electronically and by public notices or by any other appropriate means. Electronic dissemination is mandatory, via a central portal or easily accessible access points at the appropriate administrative level.
No binding time frame is provided for public information dissemination, but the Directive stipulates that information should be available
'early in the environmental decision-making procedures [...] and, at the latest, as soon as information can reasonably be provided'.
Timeline for public comments
The number of (working) days available for the public to make comments on the EIA decision document.
The Directive as amended in April 2014 prescribes that public consultation on the EIA report should have a timeframe of at least 30 days. The Directive also prescribes that the public should be given 'early and effective opportunities to participate', and that for that purpose the public needs to be entitled to express comments and opinions
'when all options are open to the competent authority or authorities before the decision on the request for development consent is taken.'
Costs for public
Are there any specified costs public parties will incur if they partake in EIA?(e.g. costs for the receiving report, costs of losing an appeal, etc. Costs associated with travel to meetings or such are not included here)
No binding regulations exist concerning costs for public participation.
What options do the public have to provide their comments. Should comments be written, or may they also be verbal? To which agency should they provide their submissions?
The Directive stipulates that the public shall be given effective opportunities for participation in the decision-making procedure, and shall therefore be entitled to express comments and opinions. Member states are free to determine detailed arrangements for public consultation, for example via written submissions or a public inquiry.
Public comments in decision-making
Do the EIA and/or project approval decisions have to be justified on the basis of public participation results? Do legal texts indicate how public participation results should be used and to which decision-making processses they should contribute?
The Directive prescribes that information gathered via public participation shall be taken into consideration in the development consent procedure.
Possibilities for appeal
What are the legal recourse options to challenge EIA decisions are provided for within the legal framework?
Member states have the responsibility to ensure that there are opportunities for appeal, in accordance with the applicable national legal system. A review procedure before a court of law or another independent, impartial and legally established body should be available to challenge decisions.
If necessary, national legal authorities can refer to the Court of Justice of the European Union for interpretation of sections of the EIA Directive. This ensures that the Directive is uniformly understood and applied by all member states.
Decisions that can be appealed
Which EIA decisions can be appealed?
The substantive or procedural legality of any decision, act or omission that is subject to the Directive's public participation provisions may be challenged.
Member states determine at what stage it is possible to challenge such decisions, acts and omissions.
Who can appeal
Who can make an appeal (in other words, has legal standing)?
The Directive prescribes that members of the public concerned have access to a legal procedure for appeal, if one of the following conditions applies:
- The party has a sufficient interest in the decision;
- The party maintains that a right is being impaired through the decision.
In either case, member states can decide what counts as a 'sufficient interest' or 'impairment of a right'. The member state should however take into account the objective of 'giving the public concerned wide access to justice'.
The Directive specifically refers to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in this respect. Any NGO that promotes environmental protection and meets any requirement under national law should be counted as a party with 'sufficient interest', having rights that may be impaired.
Annual no. of EIAs
Gives an estimation for the number of full EIAs that are produced annually in this country.
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A study for the European Union Directorate General Environment, conducted in 2010, concluded that the total annual number of EIAs undertaken in the 28 EU member states is circa 16,000. The annual number of screenings is estimated around 34,000, with high variation between member states in the percentage of screenings resulting in an EIA (5-50%).
Central EIA database
Is there a central database or library where information on EIAs is kept (i.e. where all EIAs are registered and/or copies are archived). If so, what is kept there and is this information publicly accessible?
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The European Union has no central EIA database in which all EIA processes or reports are recorded. UNECE however has an informal EU EIA database, including an extensive list of transboundary EIAs (July 2011).
Any EIA practice review studies that have been done (by governmental agencies or others) are listed here. Where relevant, links to studies are included, and the main conclusions of the studies are summarised.
The following website of the European Commission provides for links to reports that compare EIA practice in different member states, e.g.:
- IMPEL-Report of the European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law (IMPEL) on the implementation of EIA based on precise examples (2012)
- Study concerning the report on the application and effectiveness of the EIA Directive (2009) of DG ENV / European Commission
Accreditation of consultants
Is there and accreditation system operational in the country to certify consultants to do EIAs?
There is no accreditation system for consultants at the European Union level. The EIA Directive states that the EIA report shall be prepared by competent experts but does not specify how member states shall implement this requirement.
Professional bodies relevant to EIA practice in the country, such as EIA Associations, Environmental Expert Associations, etc are listed here.
There is no professional EIA body at the EU level. Member states establish national professional bodies. There is a list of EIA/SEA centres in EU member states.
Non-governmental EIA guidance
Lists any EIA manuals and good practice publications (including checklists, case studies) that have been published by parties other than government.
Various member states have their own non-govermental EIA guidance documents.
Ongoing training programmes (including professional and academic training) and major training events held in the past (with focus on recent events) are mentioned here.
There are EIA workshops at the EU level since 1990, on topics including training, methodology and research. No EU-level (uniform) EIA training or capacity development programme exists.
Links to laws/regulation
Any relevant links to laws or regulations are included here.
- EU EIA Directive: Directive 2011/92/EU ;
- April 2014 amendments to the EIA Directive: Directive 2014/52/EU;
- Relevant signed and ratified international conventions: the Espoo Convention and the Aarhus Convention.
Other relevant links on EIA
Any other relevant links (for example to country specific guidance documents) are included here.
- EU guidance on screening, scoping and review;
- An official report from the European Commission (2009) on the application and effectiveness of the (previous) EIA Directive (Directive 85/337/EEC, as amended by Directives 97/11/EC and 2003/35/EC);
- A study for the European Union Directorate General Environment (2010), containing data on EIA practice in member states;
- A study by Justice and Environment (2013), containing case law examples from the practice of European EIA legislation.