MEPs and member states reach deal on EIA law

Under the trialogue agreement struck on 18 December, environmental impact assessments will not be mandatory for shale gas projects using fracking

European Parliament and member state representatives have reached agreement on the revision of the 1985 environmental impact assessment (EIA) directive.*

The deal reached in trialogue talks this week does not make EIAs mandatory for shale gas projects using fracking as had MEPs had wanted.

The parliament voted in October to add the rules on fracking in shale gas exploration and extraction to the European Commission’s proposal but only by a narrow margin. A blocking minority opposed the move in member state discussions.

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