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Decree Law No. 58/2011

Publication: Republic Diary No. 86/2011, Series I of 2011-05-04
  • Issuer: Ministry of the Environment and Regional Planning
  • Diploma Type: Decree Law
  • Number: 58/2011
  • Pages: 2533 - 2533

Summary in plain english

What is it?

This decree-law changes the way information about public plans and programs that can significantly affect the environment is disclosed.

Before being approved these plans and programs must undergo an environmental assessment.

What will change?
Justification for the choice of plans or programmes to be assessed

Until now, the entity responsible for preparing the plan or program informed the public, through its website, of whether the plan or program could significantly affect the environment.

From now on, it must also disclose the reasons for the decision (for instance, effects on the environment or risks to human health).

Information given to organizations and European Union countries that were consulted

During the environmental assessment process the following entities are consulted:

  • national organizations interested in the environmental impact of the plan or program
  • the European Union countries whose environment may be affected.

When the process is completed, the information on the approved plan or program and its environmental statement are made available:

  • by the entity responsible for preparing the plan or program to the consulted organizations
  • by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the authorities of the consulted countries.

The environmental statement shows how the results and recommendations of the assessment were included in the plan or program.

What are its benefits?

This decree-law is intended to:

  • protect the environment
  • increase the transparency of the information on the assessment and approval of plans and programs with significant environmental impact.
When does it come into effect?

This decree-law comes into effect on the first working day after being published.

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