Ireland in legal defeat over impact assessment

Dublin loses court case brought by European commission over implementation of EU directive

Ireland has been condemned by the European court of justice following a complaint from the European commission that its national law on environmental impact assessment falls short of requirements in EU legislation.

In a judgement delivered on Monday the court upheld the commission's claim that Irish law did not contain a watertight obligation to carry out impact assessments on certain types of agricultural development project.  Assessment procedures for fish-farming projects were also faulty, the court said.  Ireland was supported in its defence by Poland.

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