University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law

Friday 18th January 2013, 10:00

Energy Infrastructure Projects and Environmental Assessment Procedures: Options and Challenges Workshop

18th January 2013

Co-organised by CELS and the European Commission

On the 19th October 2011 the European Commission proposed a Regulation on Guidelines for trans-European Energy infrastructure to be adopted by the European Parliament and the Council and repealing Decision No 1364/2006/EC [Ref. COM(2011) 658 final]. The proposed Regulation lays down rules for the timely development of trans-European energy networks and identifies 12 strategic priority corridors and geographic areas for energy infrastructure with a trans-european /cross border dimension. A key point in the Commission's proposal is the streamlining of permit granting procedures and the reduction of administrative burdens for the implementation and development of the energy infrastructure projects in order to significantly reduce their duration.

Jointly organised by CELS and the European Commission this workshop aims at discussing the question of streamlining environmental assessment and permit procedures for priority energy infrastructure projects. It intends especially to address the challenge of meeting the simplification and time-reduction requirements imposed by the Regulation with the need to ensure respect for environmental concerns, preserve the quality of the environmental impact assessment process, and achieve "the highest possible standards of transparency and public participation for all relevant issues in the permit granting process for projects of common interest".

Venue: Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, 10 West Road, Cambridge, UK.

Programme: Workshop Programme

All are welcome to attend.

Participation to the workshop is free, but registration is required - please contact:  cels@law.cam.ac.uk  to register your interest.

For further information, please contact Dr Emanuela Orlando: eo251@cam.ac.uk