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Parliamentary questions
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20 July 2018
E-004100-18
Question for written answer E-004100-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
José Bové (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Splitting of the environmental impact assessment for the Strasbourg western bypass motorway project
 Answer in writing 

As part of the environmental impact assessment procedure for the Strasbourg western bypass motorway project, the prefecture of Bas-Rhin, acting on behalf of the State, conducted two separate public inquiries and a public consultation procedure. The concession to carry out the project was awarded by the French State to a private company, Arcos, on 31 January 2016, and the bypass is to open in September 2020.

The first public inquiry was conducted from 4 April to 17 May 2018, and concerned the route to be taken by the motorway in 22 of the 24 municipalities affected. The second was conducted from 2 May to 6 June 2018, and concerned only the site of the north interchange, to be built on land straddling two of the municipalities. In addition to those public inquiries, the regional directorate for the environment, development and accommodation (DREAL) conducted a public consultation procedure in connection with an application for a ‘protected species’ derogation. These three procedures all concerned the same project to be carried out under the concession contract awarded to Arcos.

In keeping with EC law, and to avoid unnecessary splitting, should the environmental impact assessment not have been carried out as one single procedure, and should it not have been carried out further in advance? The public consultation, too, has been distorted by the decision to split the assessment.

Original language of question: FR 
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