Germany to ratify UN EIA convention

The German cabinet has approved a proposal to ratify the UN Espoo convention, which requires contracting states to assess and share information with neighbours on the risks of transboundary environmental pollution from certain industrial installation and activities. Germany and Ireland are the only EU member states that have yet to ratify the convention, which entered into force four years ago (EED 17/09/97). Germany's tardiness is linked to difficulties it has faced in revising environmental impact assessment legislation to conform with EU law. See press release and Espoo convention.

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