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Revision of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive

Posted: 25 November 2013

The Council COREPER will meet on 22nd November 2013 in order to discuss the mandate for the second trilogue in-between the Council of the EU, the European Parliament and the European Commission regarding the revision of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive.

The European Parliament adopted a report in plenary vote on 8th October 2013, including amendments that foresee the extension of the scope of the Directive. As a result, industrial projects would now be required to carry out environmental impact assessments for exploration activities, all ‘open-air’ mining activities (regardless of the size), and demolition of projects. It also foresees the retroactive application of the revised directive.

Trilogues now aim to reach an agreement at first reading in-between the European Parliament and the Council. If they reach a compromise, the compromise text will be subject to a final vote in the European Parliament in early 2014.

In view of the Council meeting of 22nd November, some industries - including Cembureau, Cefic, EIM, EDF, Euromines, Eurelectric, and IMA-Europe - issued a joint letter raising key concerns about the revision of the EIA Directive. In addition to this commitment, the Non-Energy Extractive Industry Platform (NEEIP) has also issued a joint position paper that was addressed to the Member States.