Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive—snapshot
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  • Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive—snapshot
  • Introduction
  • Mandatory environmental assessment
  • Discretionary environmental assessment
  • Excluded plans and programmes
  • Procedure for environmental assessment

Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive—snapshot

Introduction

Title EU Directive 2001/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 June 2001 on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment (OJ L 197, 21.7.2001) as it had effect immediately before 11 pm on 31 December 2020 (the EU SEA Directive)
Entry into Force21 July 2001
Deadline for Transposition21 July 2004
Amending DocumentsN/A
England and ImplementationThe Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004, SI 2004/1633 came into force on 20 July 2004 (the England SEA Regulations)
Wales ImplementationThe Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes (Wales) Regulations 2004 (Welsh SI 2004/1656 (W.170), came into force on 12 July 2004 (the Wales SEA Regulations)
SubjectPlanning

The EU SEA Directive requires EU Member States to make environmental assessments for plans and programmes likely to have significant environmental impacts. The objective of this requirement is to provide for a high level of protection of the environment and integrate environmental considerations into the preparation and adoption of development of plans and programmes.

Environmental assessment is defined as the ‘preparation of an environmental report, the carrying out of consultations, the taking into account of the environmental report and the results of the consultations in decision-making and the provision of information on the decision’ that is eventually taken.

Derived from EU law, the England and Wales SEA Regulations were made

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