EU heading for light-touch EIA reform in 2012

The European Commission has confirmed it will not propose a radical overhaul of EU law on the environmental impact assessment (EIA) of projects, preferring instead technical changes or amendments addressing existing shortcomings.

In a document published this week, the commission's environment department points out that technical changes would only tackle some of the shortcomings that have been identified, for example in areas such as project categories and screening criteria.

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