EU makes environmental assessments easier

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Posted on: 23 Feb 2012

The EU's executive arm has brought together all existing EU legislation governing environmental impact assessments (EIA) to reduce administrative burden.

23 February 2012 Environmental impact assessment becomes easier To help EU member states' authorities and developers manage the environmental consequences of construction projects more easily, the European Commission has brought together all existing EU legislation governing environmental impact assessments. © Francesco Carucci The original Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive and its three subsequent revisions have been combined to create a more compact, clearly translated and user-friendly version which came into force on last week. "The changes aim at simplifying the directive's format by making it more legally clear, accessible and easier to enforce," said Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik. "This initiative is part of the review of the EIA Directive, a process which started in 2010 and aims to increase the directive's environmental protection while reducing administrative burden." This "codification" is part of an ongoing effort to simplify the EU's regulatory environment. It means that the EIA Directive and all its subsequent amendments now form one single transparent and readable piece of legislation, without any change to its original provisions. Like the existing legislation, the codified version has been translated into all EU official languages. Translations of the new version have also been revised to eliminate any uncertainties caused by unclear wording or linguistic errors. The European Parliament and the European Council adopted the codified directive on 13 December 2011, and its text was published on 28 January 2012 as Directive 2011/92/EU. The EIA Directive review process will be concluded later in 2012, when the Commission will present its proposal for the revision of the codified directive. Future changes will concentrate on the content of the directive, rather than its format. Sources: EU News Codified EIA Directive
Posted: 23 February 2012

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