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Parliamentary questions
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16 January 2020
Answer given by Mr Sinkevičius
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-003509/2019

The Commission is aware of the project. Tourism and leisure projects are listed in Annex II, point 12 of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive(1). According to information available, the environmental impact assessment for the project did not find significant impact on environment including on the integrity of the Natura 2000 sites. To the Commission’s knowledge, the permitting procedure has not been finalised yet and the Commission is not aware of breaches of EC law.

If there are concerns that the impact assessments had gaps or shortcomings, they should be primarily addressed at the national level with the competent authorities. As the Commission pointed out in its communication of 19 January 2017(2) ‘EC law: Better Results through Better Application’, certain types of infringements can often be remedied in a more satisfactory manner by other adequate means of redress at national level. This is in particular the situation for certain individual cases of bad application of EU legislation.

The Commission focuses its attention on the most significant breaches of EU legislation, including cases indicating a persistent or systemic failure to implement EC law. In this respect, the Commission launched an infringement procedure against Hungary in July 2019 for non-conformity of their national legislation with new EU impact assessment legislation(3).

A cross border consultation under the EIA Directive, which ensures the implementation of the Espoo Convention(4), is not triggered automatically, but it depends on the Member States concerned. Where a Member State is likely to be significantly affected by a project, it may request the Member State on whose territory the project is to be implemented to launch a consultation on transboundary impacts.

(1)Directive 2011/92/EU of 13 December2011on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment (OJ L 26, 28.1.2012, p. 1).
(2)2017/C 18/02, OJ C 18 of 19.1.2017, p. 10‐20.
(3) INF/19/4251, https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/EN/INF_19_4251
(4) https://www.unece.org/env/eia/eia.html
Last updated: 16 January 2020Legal notice