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Parliamentary questions
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19 June 2019
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001652/2019

The Commission has received previously some information about the project mentioned by the Honourable Member on the occasion of a meeting organised in the European Parliament.

Regarding the development of the project, the Habitats and Birds Directives(1) do not, a priori, exclude project developments, such as the enlargement of a harbour, in estuaries and coastal areas within or around Natura 2000 sites.

However, they lay down a stepwise procedure (set out in Article 6(3) and 6 (4) of the Habitats Directive) to ensure that such developments only proceed if certain conditions are fulfilled. The Commission services will raise this matter further with the Spanish authorities.

In this case, the Commission has no evidence that the requirements of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive(2) concerning public participation were not respected. The national authorities are competent for ensuring public participation when authorising projects covered by that directive.

(1)Directive 2009/147/EC on the conservation of wild birds — OJ L 20 of 26.01.2010. p. 7 and Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora — OJ L 206 of 22.7.1992, p. 7.
(2)Directive of 13 December 2011 on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment, OJ L 26, 28.1.2012.

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