EU Court advisor: Revise unassessed projects

Category: EIA

National authorities failing to assess environmental impacts of projects before construction should do so afterwards to revise or “terminate” them if necessary, an advisor to the EU court has said.

Advocate general Juliane Kokott delivered her opinion on Thursday in a case regarding two biogas plants built without an environmental impact assessment (EIA) as required by EU law in the Italian province of Macerata.

In her opinion, the advocate general calls for a “pragmatic solution” that avoids creating any incentives to sidestep the EIA Directive.

The EU court has yet to set a date for its ruling on this case, but a judgment is typically expected three to six months after an opinion has been received.

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