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Conference for the 25th anniversary of the EIA Directive

The European Commission organised this Conference with the Belgian Presidency. The Conference took place on 18-19 November 2010 in Leuven (Belgium) under the headline "25th Anniversary of the EIA Directive: Successes – Failures – Prospects". On 18/11, there was a high level panel of stakeholders, which took stock of the 25 years of implementation experience. On 19/11, the Conference concentrated on three key themes: scope of the EIA Directive, quality of the EIA process and links of the EIA with international conventions.

The event brought together all stakeholders involved in environmental impact assessments of plans, programmes or projects. Representatives from European and international institutions, public administrations (at national, regional and local level), industry and environment organisations and academics were present. The Conference provided an opportunity to get the views of stakeholders on the strengths and weaknesses of the functioning of the EIA Directive and identify the way forward. Hence, the Conference is a complement to the wide public consultation, as it seeks the views of specific and specialised stakeholders.