Netherlands slims down EIA requirements

The Dutch government on 20 January approved proposals to simplify requirements for project environmental impact assessments (EIA). The move comes under the umbrella of a nationwide regulatory simplification programme. Under a decree to be implemented by 8 February some EIA elements that are currently mandatory will become more discretionary. The length of time required for the average EIA should be slashed from six months to four weeks. On the other hand EIAs will now be required in more situations, for example windfarms, nature conservation areas and seas outside territorial waters. See press release.

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