Commission issues EIA warning to Ireland
Wednesday, 5 May 2010 13:50
Ireland has received a final warning from the European Commission over its failure to comply with a Court of Justice ruling.
If action is not taken quickly, Ireland faces the prospect of daily fines being imposed for its failure to amend laws on environmental impact assessments or EIAs.
The aim of the EIA Directive is to ensure that projects likely to have a significant impact on the environment are assessed before they are authorised so that people are aware of the possible effects.
AdvertisementThe original case which resulted in this warning dates back to November 2008 and related to fish farm developments.
EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik said: 'I urge Ireland to adopt the necessary improvements to its legislation as quickly as possible.'
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Will any of this affect major projects such as those in transport21? (esp those being funded by the EC)
It seens to offer a legal stick to any opponents of major projects.