MEPs to vote on beefed up environmental impact assessment directive 

A proposed update of EU law to make environmental impact assessments clearer, build in biodiversity and climate change, and involve the public, is to be put to a vote on Wednesday. This update, already informally agreed with the Council of Ministers, would also ensure that decisions to authorize development projects are not influenced by conflicts of interest.

About 200 types of project are covered by the Environmental Impact Assessment directive (EIA) – from bridges, ports, motorways and landfill sites to intensive rearing of poultry or pigs. The updated law would require impact assessments to take account of new environmental factors, such as biodiversity and climate change. It would also make assessment methods clearer, facilitate public participation via a central web portal, and include beefed-up rules to prevent conflicts of interest and restrict recourse to exemptions.

Vote: Wednesday, 12 March

Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), first reading agreement

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