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Parliamentary questions
12 July 2018
E-002765/2018
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the Commission

The Commission is not informed about the infrastructure project mentioned by the Honourable Member and cannot state whether an impact assessment should be carried out in relation to possible effects on the site of Community importance (SCI) IT1332477 ‘Fondali Arenzano’.

In accordance with Article 6(3) of the Habitats Directive, it is a duty of the national authorities to assess, on a case by case basis, whether a project could have significant negative effects on a Natura 2000 site in view of its conservation objectives and to authorise it only after having ascertained that it will not adversely affect the integrity of the site.

If it is determined that a project will adversely affect the site, the national authorities may still authorise it if the conditions for a derogation set out in Article 6(4) of the Habitats Directive are met.

According to Article 17 of Directive 2008/56/EC(1), every six years, Member States have to carry out an assessment of their marine waters, including an analysis of the predominant pressures and impacts on those waters. The next assessment of Member States is due to be reported to the Commission by 15 October 2018.

The information to be provided by Italy in this context must take into account the specifications included in the directive, in particular those appearing in Article 8. The Commission will then evaluate the elements reported to see whether they are appropriate to meet the requirements of Directive 2008/56/EC.

(1)Directive 2008/56/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 June 2008 establishing a framework for community action in the field of marine environmental policy (Marine Strategy Framework Directive) (OJ L 164, 25.6.2008, p. 19).

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