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Parliamentary questions
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19 March 2018
Question for written answer E-001667-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Arne Gericke (ECR)

 Subject:  Conformity with EC law of grid expansion and power lines in Germany
 Answer in writing 

In 2006, the EU and its Member States acceded to the Aarhus Convention. For the first time, the Convention requires each person to have environmental protection rights under international law — including with regard to access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters.

1. Does the Commission consider that the Aarhus Convention has been adequately transposed in Germany, particularly in relation to the Environmental Appeals Act (UmwRG) and the Grid Expansion Acceleration Act (NABEG), or does it take the view that the transposition into German law is contrary to EC law, which could lead to fines being imposed on Germany?

2. Does the Commission consider that EC law has been violated by Germany in the case of the ultra-high voltage and direct current lines laid down by the Law on Federal Requirements Plan (BBPlG) and the associated Grid Development Plan (NEP) in view of the lack of public participation that was mandatory from the outset of the project? What follow-up measures are planned?

Original language of question: DE 
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