European ruling bolsters habitats protection

Appropriate assessments of development plans affecting European conservation areas must ensure that there is no doubt about their impact, according to the Court of Justice of the EU

River Nore, Kilkenny
The River Nore is a special protection area

Appropriate assessments of development plans affecting European conservation areas must ensure that there is no doubt about their impact, according to the Court of Justice of the EU.

The ruling, made on Wednesday last week, follows a reference made last year by the High Court of Ireland, which sought to clarify aspects of the EU Habitats and Environmental Impact Assessment Directives. The Irish, British and Czech governments also intervened in the case, as did the European Commission.

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