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Correspondence relating to EIA should go to: DMprocedures@gov.scot
telephone tiny 20 0131 244 0928

Area 2-H (South)
Planning & Architecture Division,
The Scottish Government
Victoria Quay


European Commission review of EIA Directive

Agreement reached on EIA Directive amendments: The newly amended Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive 2014/52/EU entered into force on May 15, 2014.  Scotland has until May 16, 2017 at the latest to apply the new rules.   Further information is available on the EC web pages.

The newly amended Directive follows a review by the European Commission, which announced its proposals for change in 2012.  To ensure that Scottish interests were fully represented the Scottish Government hosted 4 seminars with interested parties between January to March 2013. Outputs from those seminars were used to inform our engagement with UK and European partners on the Directive proposals.

EIA Directive Proposals: Stakeholder engagement report summarises views expressed by Scottish EIA stakeholders.

On June 20, 2012 the Scottish Government hosted a discussion on environmental assessment and energy consenting as part of EU Sustainable Energy Week events in Scotland House. A keynote presentation was made by Jim Mackinnon, as outgoing Chief Planner. The seminar also provided an opportunity to engage with representatives from DG ENER, DG ENV and EACI, Birdlife Europe, the European Wind Energy Association - as well as representatives from the permanent representations in Brussels of various countries - on issues raised in the Scottish Government’s EIA Directive – Opportunities and Risks paper

Using Environmental Assessment to Deliver Efficiencies in Planning for Renewables – Presentation by Jim MacKinnon, Chief Planner, Scottish Government