The European Parliament has voted in favour of proposals to revise Environmental Impact Assessment Directive.
In welcoming the outcome of the vote, EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said:
“I welcome the outcome of today's vote on the Commission's proposal for a revised Environmental Impact Assessment Directive. This paves the way for much-needed changes that will modernise the current directive, in line with the REFIT agenda, improving its effectiveness and streamlining related administrative processes. Fundamentally, it's a vote of confidence in what has always been one of the foundations of EU environment policy, a key piece of legislation that ensures the concerns of citizens are taken into account when important new developments are needed.
We will now be carefully examining the proposed amendments. I look forward to working closely with the Parliament and Member States to ensure progress is made towards adopting the revised directive as soon as possible.”
Scottish Land & Estates remains concerned that changes could stifle development in vulnerable rural areas.