European Commission urges Greece to fully enact new EU environmental impact rules

The European Commission on Thursday announced that it will send a reasoned opinion to Greece, urging it to adapt its national legislations in order to take into account the modifications introduced by the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive (Directive 2014/52/EU).

The Directive aims to ensure that projects which are likely to have a significant effect on the environment are adequately assessed before they are approved.

According to the Commission, it sent a letter of formal notice to Belgium and Greece in July 2017 and that Greece is currently drafting legislation in order to transpose the Directive in its entirety. Greece has two months to comply with its obligations; otherwise, the Commission may decide to refer the case to the Court of Justice of the EU.