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Parliamentary questions
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14 June 2019
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001694/2019

1. The power plant referred to appears to have a total rated thermal input exceeding 50 MW and is thus covered by the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED)(1). Under Article 24(1)(a) and Annex IV IED, the public concerned(2) must be given effective opportunities to participate in permitting procedures, e.g. by expressing opinions on permit applications before a final decision is taken by the competent authorities. If members of the public concerned think that their participation rights under the IED are breached, Article 25 IED enables them to have access, in national legal systems, to e.g. a judicial review to challenge, inter alia, the legality of a decision granting an IED permit.2. According to information received from the competent national authorities, the project in question has not been selected for EU co-funding so far. In line with the rules on shared management, the selection of projects subject to financing from the cohesion policy funds as a general rule comes under the competence of the national managing authorities and they should comply with the principles laid down in the programming documents, and current legislation.3. The legality of a decision granting an IED permit can be challenged on procedural and substantive grounds (Article 25(1) IED). Whilst procedural legality refers to the permitting procedure, substantive legality concerns the legal soundness of the requirements set in an IED permit (e.g. compliance with Article 14 IED). The (in)ability of competent authorities to assess reported pollutant emissions and perform environmental inspections is another subject-matter that may be challenged under another legal basis (Article 23 IED), depending on national legal provisions.

(1)Directive 2010/75/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 2010 on Industrial Emissions (OJ L 334, 17/12/2010, p. 17).
(2)Article 2(17) IED defines ‘public concerned’ as the public affected or likely to be affected by, or having an interest in, the taking of a decision on the granting or the updating of a permit or of permit conditions; for the purposes of this definition, non-governmental organisations promoting environmental protection and meeting any requirements under national law shall be deemed to have an interest.

Last updated: 14 June 2019Legal notice