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Parliamentary questions
24 February 2011
Answer given by Mr Potočnik on behalf of the Commission

Following a preliminary enquiry, the Commission found that the ‘Urban Master Plan for the Development of Road Infrastructures, Railways and Logistics in the Penedès’ was initially approved on 30 June 2010 by resolution of the Regional Miniter of Territorial Policy and Public Works — Consejero de Política Territorial y Obras Públicas — (Official Journal of Catalonia DOGC núm. 5673 — 19/07/2010). However, there is no final approval.

At this stage the applicable EU environmental legislation is Directive 2001/42/EC of Parliament and of the Council of 27 June 2001 on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment(1).

According to Directive 2001/42/EC, it is necessary to provide that authorities with relevant environmental responsibilities and the public are consulted during the assessment of plans and programmes, and that appropriate time frames are set, allowing sufficient time for consultations, including the expression of opinion.

Once approved, projects resulting from the plan should be submitted to the environmental impact assessment procedure as required by Council Directive 85/337/EEC of 27 June 1985 on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment(2), as amended by Directives 97/11/EC(3), 2003/35/EC(4) and 2009/31/EC(5).

The Commission has requested from the Spanish authorities information concerning the due application of Directive 2001/42/EC, and will inform the Honourable Member on the follow-up of the investigation.

(1)OJ L 197, 21.7.2001.
(2)OJ L 175, 5.7.1985.
(3)OJ L 73, 14.3.1997.
(4)OJ L 156, 25.6.2003.
(5)OJ L 140, 5.6.2009.

OJ C 265 E, 09/09/2011
Last updated: 24 March 2011Legal notice