Environmental Impact Assessment Directives—snapshot
Environmental Impact Assessment Directives—snapshot

The following Environment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Environmental Impact Assessment Directives—snapshot
  • Brexit impact
  • What is environmental impact assessment?
  • What must an EIA assess?
  • Preparation of an environmental statement
  • Why was the 1985 Directive amended?
  • UK Implementation

Brexit impact

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content.

For further guidance, see: Brexit—impact on environmental law and Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

Title Council Directive 85/337/EEC of 27 June 1985 on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment (the 1985 Directive)
Entry into Force 3 July 1985
Deadline for Transposition 3 July 1988
Amending Documents Directive 97/11/EEC entered into force 3 March 1997 with transposition deadline of 14 March 1999 (the 1997 Directive); Directive 2003/35/EEC entered into force 25 June 2003 with transposition deadline of 25 June 2005; Directive 2009/31/EC entered into force 13 May 2009 with transposition deadline of 25 June 2011Directive 2011/92/EU codified the 1985 Directive and entered into force 2 January 2012 (the 2011 Directive); it was amended by Directive 2014/52/EU (the 2014 Directive), published on 25