Cautious welcome for EIA directive revision deal

The EU EIA Directive will be amended this year and changes must apply in the UK from 2017.

Wildlife groups and professional bodies have cautiously welcomed a deal reached on revising the EU Directive on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

The 1985 directive had already been revised three times in 1997, 2003 and 2009. Just before Christmas a deal was reached on further reforms that must be transposed into UK laws by 2017.

The most significant change includes a more standardised approach to deciding when EIA is needed (screening), a requirement to use “competent experts” for EIAs and requirements for monitoring after development takes place.

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