Summary title: Petition No 0947/2021 by X.E.P. (Spanish), on behalf of the Montescola Foundation, and C.P.C. (Spanish), on behalf of the Plataforma pola Defensa do Monte As Salgueiras, on the absence of an environmental impact assessment on the wind energy plan in Galicia and the failure to expand protected areas within the Natura 2000 network
Petition number: 0947/2021
Name of association: Fundação Montescola
Name: X. E.
The petitioners allege that Galicia’s wind sector development plan has not been the subject of an environmental impact assessment since it was initially approved in 1997 and amended in 2002. They claim that this violates applicable national legislation (Law 21/2013 on Environmental Assessment, which lays down the basis for the environmental impact assessment of plans, programmes and projects that may have significant environmental effects), and European legislation (Directives 2001/42/EC and 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment), as well as international agreements (the Espoo Convention and the European Landscape Convention). They also deplore the fact that Galicia’s contribution to the Natura 2000 network of protected areas is one of the lowest in Spain (27%) and in the EU as a whole, with only 11.74% of the area protected. This allegedly means there has been a failure to comply with the enlargement recommendations that the Commission has been making since 2011. In short, the failure to expand the Natura 2000 network, the absence of a strategic environmental assessment of the current wind energy plan, the avalanche of plans currently being processed and the lack of control in the region over areas contained in the proposals for the expansion of the network are compromising the conservation of natural areas of high environmental value and the coherence of the Natura 2000 network itself.