A workshop on streamlining environmental assessments and permits during project development was held in Brussels on 18 October 2016.
The workshop was attended by around 60 participants from Member States' authorities and beneficiaries, representatives of the European Commission and JASPERS partners.
The JASPERS Networking Platform was created to complement JASPERS project advisory operations by implementing knowledge sharing and capacity building activities, as well as fostering dissemination of good practices and exchange of experiences among all EU member states, pre-accession countries and other JASPERS Stakeholders.
The JASPERS Networking Platform is open to relevant authorities from all EU Member States (EU 28), as well as pre-accession Countries.
Optimising the timing and content of assessments and permits is of critical importance for the timely and robust preparation of projects. A streamlined approach for environmental assessments was introduced in the amended EIA Directive and the recent PCI regulation called for streamlined permit procedures. It was further explained in the follow up Commission Guidance documents.
The main aim of this workshop was to familiarise participants with the concepts of streamlining assessments and streamlining permits. With a view on the entire project preparation cycle, special emphasis was given to:
- Tackling challenges when optimising timing and content of assessments and procedures.
- Ensuring coherence between the findings of assessments and avoiding duplication of work.
- Early road mapping for timely and robust project preparation.
The workshop was targeted at representatives from managing authorities, line ministries and key beneficiaries that are or will be responsible for the preparation of projects in the period 2014-2020. The training was also addressed to authorities in Member States responsible for the permitting of infrastructure projects..
The workshop was organised by the JASPERS Networking and Competence Centre in close cooperation with DG REGIO, DG ENVIRONMENT and other EC services, whose representatives actively participated in the event and planned Q&A sessions.
The workshop was developed in two plenary sessions and two parallel thematic roundtables. The first plenary session presented the relevant legal requirements to streamlining of different environmental assessments (EIA, appropriate assessment and the assessment under Article 4(7) of the Water Framework Directive) and their impact on project preparation.
The thematic roundtables allowed for active discussions on the practical challenges related to streamlining environmental assessments and permitting procedures, concrete examples and possible solutions to address these challenges. The conclusions of each round table were shared in one concluding plenary session.
For more information please see the Workshop Description available on this page.
As anticipated in the workshop, the JASPERS Networking and Competence Centre will plan more detailed seminars on this topic to be organised at regional level in selected EU countries during the course of 2017.
For any further enquiry on this workshop, planned follow-up seminars and in general on the activities of the JASPERS Networking Platform please write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org