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REFIT Evaluation of the SEA Directive

Council Directive 2001/42/EC of 27 June 2001 on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment (SEA Directive)

In a nutshell

The Commission is currently evaluating the SEA Directive to ensure that it is "fit for purpose".

Stakeholders Workshop - 6 December 2018, Brussels

Registrations are now closed.

The workshop will not be streamlined.

Updated agenda can be found here.

Presentations can be found here.

Summary of the results of the public consultation can be found in the section below.

Structure of the workshop

The workshop will start with a high-level introduction by the Commission. The main part of the event will be structured around the evaluation criteria. Four one-hour sessions will be dedicated to effectiveness, efficiency, relevance and coherence. The conclusions of the workshop will include first findings and reflections on EU Added Value.

Each session will start with a brief overview of the preliminary findings by the consultants. This will be followed by a panel session involving three to four representatives of authorities, practitioners and stakeholders, who will have an opportunity to provide their views and feedback on the key issues raised under each of the evaluation criteria. Afterward, the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions to the panel, the consultants and the Commission.

Open Public Consultation

A twelve-week-open public consultation, consulting on the five mandatory evaluation criteria (i.e. effectiveness, efficiency, coherence, relevance and EU added value), is an obligatory element of the REFIT evaluations. The open public consultation is accessible to all citizens and ensures that all interested parties have the opportunity to provide input.

The SEA REFIT open public consultation started on 23 April 2018 and closed on 23 July 2018 (midnight).

The objective of the public consultation in the form of a questionnaire was to gather information and the views of stakeholders and the wider public on how the SEA Directive has perceived and performed, including the value of having uniform EU legislation requiring the environmental assessment of certain plans and programmes, and the value of the opportunity the legislation provides for public and stakeholder input to the preparation and adoption of certain plans and programmes.

For the summary of the results of the Open public consultation, please, click here.

The Roadmap

The evaluation SEA Roadmap is the "project plan". It sets out the subject of the evaluation and its purpose and provides key information on the scope, timing, data, stakeholder consultation and analysis planned to be used.

The feedback period on the roadmap was 11 July 2017 – 08 August 2017.