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Improving the implementation of environmental impact assessment (IMP)

Improving the implementation of environmental impact assessment (IMP)

Objective

The European Union has enacted the EIA Directive (85/337/EEC amended by Directive 97/11/EC) to apply the assessment of the environmental effects of those projects which are likely to have significant effects on the environment. A report of the Commission has revealed that there are still various weaknesses in the Member States implementation. Therefore the aim of the project (IMP)3 is to improve the application of EIA. It will explore the different forms of application in the current and future EU Membe r States and in countries outside of Europe making recommendations how to improve the application of EIA focused on three issues: 1. a better incorporation of human health aspects into EIA 2. an increase in the consistency of risk assessments regarding va rious sources of risks (natural hazards, accidents, sabotage) by integrating risk exposure (potential of dangers) and vulnerability (damage potential) 3. survey of thresholds according to Annex I such as a documentation of the relationship between the t wo Annexes and their practical implementation. Therefore, six work packages (WP) are defined. WP1 concentrates on the application of EIA. A questionnaire will be sent to EIA-stakeholders in all 25 Member States to provide a survey about the application of the EIA in the EU. Interviews with national EIA stakeholders are held in 10 EU and 2 Non-EU countries and the project will be discussed with the EU EIA/SEA Expert Group. WP2, WP3 and WP4 concentrate on the project's main issues (health, risk assessme nt and thresholds within the EIA) taking into account the results of WP1, of a literature review and the research already performed in this field and interviews with senior experts are held. In WP5 the results of WP1 to WP4 are merged into a final repor t. WP6 contains the project management.

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Coordinator

OESTERREICHISCHES INSTITUT FUER RAUMPLANUNG

Address

Franz-Josefs-Kai 27
Wien

Austria

Administrative Contact

Erich DALLHAMMER (Dr)

Participants (5)

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UMWELTBUNDESAMT GMBH

Austria

VELINDRE NHS TRUST (WALES CENTRE FOR HEALTH BUSINESS UNIT)

United Kingdom

NORDREGIO - NORDIC CENTRE FOR SPATIAL DEVELOPMENT

Sweden

FACULDADE DE ENGENHARIA DA UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO, RESEARCH CENTRE FOR TERRITORY, TRANSPORTS AND ENVIRONMENT

Portugal

SLOVAK ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCY

Slovakia

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 513738

  • Start date

    1 December 2004

  • End date

    30 November 2005

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 661 300

  • EU contribution

    € 392 500

Coordinated by:

OESTERREICHISCHES INSTITUT FUER RAUMPLANUNG

Austria