EU states challenged over impact assessment

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The European Commission today announced further infringement actions against member states for alleged failures to comply with EU environmental rules, this time targeting Portugal, Greece and Sweden over requirements to carry out environmental impact assessments (EIAs) of major projects.

Portugal faces a trip to the European court of justice for not correctly carrying out a prior EIA on a new section of motorway affecting the habitat of the endangered Iberian lynx. Greece has been sent a reasoned opinion - the final warning before court action can begin - for improper EIA procedures for a petrochemical storage plant on the island of Lesbos.

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