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Training package on EU Environmental Assessment Law – Focus on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Directives


Peter Vajda
A lawyer by training with a master’s degree in environmental law (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest), Peter has always been involved in issues related to environment, both from legal and technical aspects.
Having spent three years at the national environmental agency’s Budapest office working mainly on environmental permits, Peter was seconded to the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Environment. During his tenure of office between September 2007 and August 2011 as a legal adviser in the unit responsible for industrial emissions, he was working on various files both from legislative and implementation aspects, including, inter alia, the IPPC (2008/1/EC), Large Combustion Plants (2001/80/EC), Waste Incineration (2000/76/EC), National Emission Ceilings (2001/81/EC) and Seveso II (96/82/EC) Directives. In this position, he was also heavily involved in the adoption process of the Industrial Emissions Directive (2010/75/EU).
After briefly working as legal adviser in the Office of the Director-General in DG Climate Action in 2011, he took up duties as environmental expert at the Energy Community Secretariat (Vienna) in March 2012. In his current position, his geographical focus covers the Western Balkans as well as Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia and the main activities involve monitoring the implementation of EU legislation on Environmental Impact Assessment (2011/92/EU), Strategic Environmental Assessment (2001/42/EC), Sulphur Content of Liquid Fuels (2016/802), Large Combustion Plants (2001/80/EC) and Industrial Emissions (2010/75/ EU) in the Contracting Parties of the Energy Community Treaty. After the adoption of the Paris Agreement, the Energy Community is also focusing more closely on the climate-energy nexus.

Dr Christoph Sobotta
Christoph Sobotta is a référendaire (legal secretary) in the Chambers of Advocate General Juliane Kokott at the Court of Justice of the European Union. Since 2003, he has assisted the Advocate General in more than 100 cases, in particular in the area of environmental law, but also in cases concerning data protection and access to documents. Between 2001 and 2003 he had been a case handler in the infringement unit of the Directorate General for the Environment of the European Commission.
Christoph Sobotta studied law at the University of Frankfurt am Main and at Keele University in the UK. In his doctoral thesis he discussed Transparency in the legislative process of the European Union. He has published and spoken on many issues of EU law, in particular on EU environmental, data protection and constitutional law as well as on the Court of Justice.


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