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Parliamentary questions
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7 November 2018
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004451/2018

According to Article 4(2) of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive(1), projects listed in Annex II (as seems to be the case of the projects at stake(2)) must undergo an EIA ‘screening’ procedure, which is aimed to determine whether the projects are likely to have significant impacts on the environment, thus to require a full EIA procedure.

Member States are primarily responsible to ensure compliance with the requirements of the EIA Directive. It is therefore for the national competent authorities to ensure, on one hand, that the potential impacts of the projects at stake, on all the environmental components, are duly taken into account within the ongoing procedures and, on the other hand, that any amendments to the national legislation are compatible with the EU legislation in force.

Moreover, regarding the environmental assessment of the operations, the Rural Development Programme of Tuscany foresees, in line with Article 45(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013, that investment operations shall be preceded by an assessment of the expected environmental impact in accordance with law specific to that kind of investment, where the investment is likely to have negative effects on the environment.

(1)Directive 2014/52/EU amending Directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment, OJ L 124, 25.4.2014, p. 1‐18
(2)See point 10, letter f) of the directive: ‘(…) canalisation and flood-relief works ’.

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