Experts advise on EU assessment law overlaps

Consultants moot long-term merger between project and strategic assessment directives

Guidance on how EU states should deal with overlaps between the bloc's two environmental impact assessment directives has been released by the European commission. Consultants suggest that the long-term solution might be to merge the project assessment (EIA) and strategic assessment (SEA) directives into a single law.

EU rules on environmental assessment of major projects such as new power stations have been in place since the 1980s. Mandatory strategic environmental assessment of policies and programmes is much more recent. Overlaps and gaps between them can create confusion, according to the report.

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