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Commissioner Janez Potočnik welcomes the European Parliament's vote on the new Environmental Impact Assessment Directive

Commission Européenne - MEMO/13/869   09/10/2013

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European Commission

MEMO

Strasbourg, 9 October 2013

Commissioner Janez Potočnik welcomes the European Parliament's vote on the new Environmental Impact Assessment Directive

Following today's vote in the European Parliament on the revised Environmental Impact Assessment Directive, EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said:

“I welcome the outcome of today's vote on the Commission's proposal for a revised Environmental Impact Assessment Directive. This paves the way for much-needed changes that will modernise the current directive, in line with the REFIT agenda, improving its effectiveness and streamlining related administrative processes. Fundamentally, it's a vote of confidence in what has always been one of the foundations of EU environment policy, a key piece of legislation that ensures the concerns of citizens are taken into account when important new developments are needed.

We will now be carefully examining the proposed amendments. I look forward to working closely with the Parliament and Member States to ensure progress is made towards adopting the revised directive as soon as possible.”

Background

The European Commission presented on 26 October 2012 proposals to streamline legislation on environmental impact assessments. The proposals are intended to lighten administrative burdens and make it easier to assess the potential impacts of major projects, without weakening existing environmental safeguards.

For more info on the Commission proposal and the EIA review process, see:

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

IP/12/1158


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