Court of Justice rules green vetting mandatory for many projects

Austrian legislation is contrary to EU law regarding environmental assessment

The Court of Justice of the European Union today ruled that “Member States are required to make all projects which could have significant effects on the environment subject to such an assessment.” In addition, it stated that the Austrian legislation is contrary to EU law, since in case of the modification of an airport, it requires an environmental assessment only for projects likely to increase the number of air traffic movements by at least 20.000 per year.

In 2002, the unde...

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