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Slovakia to amend EIA law following EC reservations

The Environment Ministry is preparing an amendment to the law on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) that should respond to reservations set out recently by the European Commission (EC), the ministry press department told the TASR newswire on Thursday, February 17.

The Environment Ministry is preparing an amendment to the law on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) that should respond to reservations set out recently by the European Commission (EC), the ministry press department told the TASR newswire on Thursday, February 17.

"The amendment is undergoing complicated legislative proceedings," the ministry said. The bill has been submitted for interdepartmental review until February 18. It should then be put before the government in April.

The European Commission called on Slovakia on Wednesday to harmonise its legislation concerning the EIA with EU legislation. According to the EC, there are a number of shortcomings in Slovakia's current laws. If the EC does not receive a satisfactory answer a case may be brought before the European Court of Justice.

Source: TASR

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