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Commission mulls revising Environmental Impact Assessment Directive

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The European Commission has launched a consultation on possible improvements to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIAi) Directive. Some of the options being considered are replacing the Directive with a Regulation, or merging a number of Directives into a single law to cover all existing rules on environmental assessments. The Commission also wants to look at ending practices involving the division of a large project with a potentially significant environmental impact into several smaller projects to avoid an impact assessment. The Commission is also keen that the Directive is updated to reflect new policy developments in areas such as climate change and recent EU court rulings.

The consultation runs until 24 September. Contributions will be taken into account and will be used to publish a summary paper on the Commission’s environment public consultation website.

The public consultation can be found here:

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/consultations/eia.htm