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Internal market: Iceland's implementation of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive in breach of EEA law



Iceland has not correctly implemented the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive. That is the conclusion of a reasoned opinion delivered by the EFTA Surveillance Authority.

The purpose of the Directive (2011/92/EU) is to ensure that the environmental implications of a planning decision are taken into account before an individual project is approved and authorised. Despite having implemented most of the provisions of the Directive, an investigation by the Authority revealed some shortcomings in the current Icelandic law, which mean that not all projects covered by the legislation are screened for an environmental assessment.

Iceland has acknowledged the breaches and is planning to update its legislation. However, Iceland has not yet brought its national law in line with EEA law. As a consequence, the Authority today issued a reasoned opinion to Iceland.

A reasoned opinion is the second stage in infringement proceedings. The Authority may bring the matter before the EFTA Court if Iceland fails to take the measures necessary to comply with the reasoned opinion within two months.


For further information, please contact:

Mr. Andreas Kjeldsberg Pihl
Press  & Information Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187


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