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Parliamentary questions
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12 November 2018
E-004722/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004722/2018

Concerning the first question, as the Commission pointed out in its answer to written questions E-004170/2018, E-004127/2018 and E-003437/2018, the Commission does not perform compliance checks of individual windfarm projects.

Nevertheless, the Commission has launched an infringement procedure against Greece for failure to comply with applicable EU legislation as regards wind farm planning and permitting across the country.

It is for Member States to ensure that all aspects of EU environmental legislation have been complied with before authorising a project and during the project’s life cycle and to verify that when a project is likely to significantly affect a Natura 2000 site an appropriate assessment has been prepared (on the basis of Article 6(3) of Directive 92/43/EEC on the protection of habitats(1)) before the project is approved.

The Commission would like to point out that the obligations mentioned in the Aarhus Convention(2) have been integrated into other implementing legislation such as Directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment(3) (as amended by Directive 2014/52/EU(4)).

Only compliance with the implementing legislation would need to be verified by the national authorities.

(1)OJ L 206, 22.7.1992, p. 7‐50.
(2)http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/env/pp/documents/cep43e.pdf
(3)OJ L 26, 28.1.2012, p. 1‐21.
(4)OJ L 124, 25.4.2014, p. 1‐18.

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