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Recent developments in EU legislation relevant to the future development of article 6 of the Aarhus Convention. European Commission , DG Environment , A2 Compliance promotion, governance and legal issues. Public participation under EU law an outline.

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European commission dg environment a2 compliance promotion governance and legal issues

Recent developments in EU legislationrelevant to the future development of article 6 of theAarhusConvention

European Commission, DG Environment, A2

Compliance promotion, governance and legal issues


Public participation under eu law an outline

Public participation under EU law an outline

  • Plans, programmes: SEA, Directive 2003/35/EC, Water Framework Directive, Waste Framework Directive, Habitats Directive

  • Individual decisions/projects: Habitats Directive, EIA, IPPC Directive


Public participation in eu law

Public participation in EU law

  • Two main solutions:

  • AC Art.6(1) a) - list of activities in Annex I

    • Examples in EIA Directive Annex I and IPPC Directive

      Art. 6(1) b)- other activities „which may have a significant effect on environment”

    • EIA Directive Annex II projects

    • „Parties shall determine whether such a proposed activity is subject to...” (screening)


Public participation 2 in eu law

Public participation (2) in EU law

  • - IPPC Directive (IED)

  • - Scope: industrial activities

  • - No screening

  • - Public participation for activities covered those that appear in the Annex


Recent developments eia the review

Recent developments: EIA – the review

  • Improve the functioning of the EIA Directiveby:

    • - Simplify existing EIA procedures (i.e. screening)

  • - Reinforce the quality components of the EIA process, provide more details and guarantees

  • - Consistency with otherinstruments, etc.

  • - optionsare being currentlyconsidered


Recent developments seveso iii

Recentdevelopments: Seveso III

  • Background: the "Seveso" accident happened in 1976 at a chemical plant in Seveso, Italy, manufacturing pesticides and herbicides.

  • Main aim/scope: covering installations with a certain level of chemical activity

  • Public participation

  • - public participation on specific individual projects and reference to Directive 2003/35/EC for public participation on general plans and programmes,

  • Public participation also on external emergency plans


Recent developments seveso iii 2

Recentdevelopments: Seveso III (2)

Access to justice – new provision, not linked to plans, only to individual decisions

Administrative and judicial review of the acts/omissions in relation to requests for any information held under the directive

At least judicial review of acts/omissions in relation to cases of public participation on specific individual projects

No access to justice in relation to public participation on general plans and programmes, unless otherwise provided under national law


Recent developments proposal for an oil rig regulation com 2011 0688 final 2011 0309 cod

Recentdevelopments: Proposalfor an OilrigRegulation -COM/2011/0688 final - 2011/0309 (COD) 

  • Scope: aim is to include oil drilling activities, authorisations, incuding not only extraction, to be seen if exploration activities will be covered

  • Public participation: ideally both plans (less detailed rules) and individual projects (more detailed) shall be covered

  • - reference is proposed to public participation provisions of EIA Directive and also of Directive 2003/35/EC/SEA on plans

  • - safety emergency plans would also be included under public participation


European commission dg environment a2 compliance promotion governance and legal issues

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