EIALAW2018 first call for papers

FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS                                                             12 June, 2017

Conference: EIALAW 2018

How to combine streamlining with environmental effectiveness? – Sharing First Experiences with the New EIA Directive

Friday 23 March 2018, Helsinki

Keynote speakers:

MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen, European Parliament:  A Glance to the Past: Experiences in implementing the original EIA Directive

Professor Thomas Fischer, Environmental Assessment and Management Research Centre, University of Liverpool: EIA in the EU: past, present and future

Professor Lone Kørnøv, The Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment: Quality issues on implementation of the revised EIA Directive

Professor Kevin Hanna, University of British Columbia: What constitutes a sound EIA system? – Reflections from a Canadian pespective

Background and objectives of the conference

The Directive on environmental impact assessment (EIA Directive, 2011/92/EU), one of the key pieces of environmental law in the European Union, was recently subjected to its most extensive changes since 1985. The amendment of the Directive (2014/52/EU) clarified the EIA process and is acting as a catalyser for structural changes in many EU member states. However, a range of issues remain open and there is a need to identify smart means for the implementation.

The conference will bring together those working on EIA, enabling them to share their experiences with implementing the revised Directive. A key goal is to support the practical application of the new requirements by discussing different approaches used in member states. To this end, the conference is open for papers that reflect on the following overarching themes:

  • Implementation of the new requirements for screening and EIA reports. How can we implement the new requirements in Annexes II.A and IV without sacrificing the objective of streamlining? How should we evaluate the adequacy of the reports in practice?
  • Experiences with EIA as a one-stop-shop / integration of EIA with the other assessments.
  • Content and function of “reasoned conclusions” given by the competent authority.
  • Ways of judging adequate expertise of EIA consultants or competent authorities.
  • Utilizing EIA as a (cost-efficient) planning tool within the new regulatory frames.

Papers can focus on national regulatory choices, guidance or implementation tools. They can also introduce case analyses or other types of practical experiences with the new EIA scheme.

Call for the papers

EIA experts from throughout Europe are invited to submit abstracts for paper presentations. Papers will be allocated 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion.

The deadline for abstract submission is September 15, 2017.

The abstracts should be sent by email as a Word or Open/Libre Office attachment to ismo.polonen @ uef.fi (message title: EIALAW2018, Abstract. The document should contain author information (including author name(s), affiliation and contact email address), presentation title and abstract (max 1000 words). Notification of acceptance will be communicated by September 30, 2017. Presenters are exempted from the registration fee.


University of Eastern Finland, project EIA law in Transition funded by Academy of Finland

Finnish EIA Association

In a collaboration with the Environmental Assessment and Management Research Centre (University of Liverpool).

Further information:

Ismo Pölönen, Senior Lecturer, Adjunct Professor of Environmental Law, UEF Law School

Mail: ismo.polonen@uef.fi

Tel: +358-40-5946024

Erkki Ikäheimo, Chair of the Finnish EIA Association

Mail: Erkki.ikaheimo@gmail.com

Tel: +358-40-5911087