Brussels bids to get transboundary EIA convention ratified

A proposal for the EC and its Member States to ratify a new international convention on environmental impact assessment (EIA) has been made by the European Commission.1 The convention applies only to projects likely to have significant transboundary impacts and hence will have a limited effect on the UK, with the most obvious potential exceptions being nuclear and offshore oil and gas projects.

The draft Decision concerns the UN Economic Commission for Europe's Convention on EIA in a transboundary context, signed at Espoo in Finland in February 1991.

If adopted by the EC Member States, the proposal would oblige both the EC as a whole and the Member States individually to ratify the Convention by an as yet undetermined date.

The main effect of the Convention within the EC would be to make more explicit the procedures to be f

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