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Public consultation on the Review of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive (Directive 85/337/EEC on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment, as amended)

Policy field(s)

Environment – Environmental Impact assessment

Target group(s)

All citizens, stakeholders and organisations involved in environmental impact assessments (of plans, programmes or projects) are invited to respond to the public consultation. The Commission is equally interested in getting the views of National Parliaments, Public Administrations (at national, regional and local level), the European Parliament and the Council, the Social and Economic Committee and the Committee of the Regions, as well as other institutions such as the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Period of consultation

From 28.06.2010  to 27.09.2010

Objective of the consultation

The objective of this public consultation is to collect opinions on:
- the overall view on the functioning and effectiveness of the EIA Directive,
- the need to amend the EIA Directive,
- the possible policy options for review,
- the areas to be improved / amended.                        

The internet consultation will assist the European Commission in the decision-making process, together with other sources (e.g. experience of the Commission, advice of a group of national experts and findings of relevant studies to be conducted) when considering options for the review of the EIA Directive.

How to submit your contribution

We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities through the online questionnaire.

The online questionnaire is available in all official languages of the EU.

  • If you are answering this consultation as a citizen, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of an organisation, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of a public authority, please click here to submit your contribution.
Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

View the questionnaire

It should not take more than 30 minutes to fill in the questionnaire. The maximum time to complete the questionnaire allowed by the system is 90 minutes. Partial responses will not be saved. This means once you start filling in the questionnaire, you have to answer all compulsory questions to submit your response.

Reference documents and other, related consultations

Report from the Commission on the application and effectiveness of the EIA Directive (Directive 85/337/EEC, as amended by Directives 97/11/EC and 2003/35/EC), COM/2009/0378
Consolidated version of the EIA Directive:
You can also consult the Europa webpage on Environmental Assessment, where you can find relevant reports, studies and guidance documents.

Contact details

responsible service

European Commission – Directorate-General for Environment, Unit A3
Cohesion Policy and Environmental Impacts



postal address

European Commission – Directorate-General for Environment
Unit A3 - Cohesion Policy and Environmental Impacts
B-1049 Brussels-Belgium

Number of responses received to this consultation

1365 responses to the online questionnaire were received:

  • 684 from individual citizens (50.1%)
  • 479 from organisations/companies (35.1%)
  • 202 from public authorities and administrations (14.8%)

Some respondents have also sent position papers or written comments via email or mail to DG Environment. In addition, we have received a contribution from IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment) in the form of a survey incorporating a number of the Commission’s questions (1815 responses).

View the contributions

In the interests of transparency, organisations have been invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Interest Representative Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. If the organisation is not registered, the submission is published separately from the registered organisations.

Results of consultation and next steps

The Commission will take all contributions into account and will publish a summary paper on the environment public consultation website.
Contributions received in reply to the consultation will be published on the internet at the Commission's website. Publication will be regarded as acknowledgement of receipt of your contribution by the Commission. If you do not wish your contribution to be made public, please indicate this clearly. In that case, your reply will also not be mentioned in future documents that may refer to this consultation.

The categorization of the responses on an interest-based basis is required in order to assess the results of the consultation from different perspectives and draw useful conclusions. This is why it has been decided to produce statistics for the following sub-categories:

Protection of personal data

Specific privacy statement