Co-PLAN participated on 7th March 2014 to a meeting organized by the Ministry of Environment to discuss about the new draft of Decision of Council of Ministers “On Defining special requirements, conditions and rules to review and transfer of Environmental Permits”.
This meeting gathered together environmental specialist from the ministry of environment, national environmental agency, civil society working in the field of environment and private sector interested.
The new DCM together with the law on Environmental Permits transposes fully the EU Directive 2008/1/EC “On integrated controlling and preventing of pollution”.
The discussion were mainly focus on how the procedure of environmental permits for permits of A,B,C category, is now separated from the process of environmental impact assessment for the new installments. In line with this argument, public information and participation process is developed and documented before that the entire documentation, to obtain the environmental permit, is delivered to the National Licensing Center, which differ from the public information and participation process developed during the process for the approval of Environmental impact assessment.
Also another concern raised by the civil society was that the DCM should consider carefully all requirements from the international convention of Aarhus and the law on public information about the deadlines and timing for public information and consultation.