321-i. Comments: draft environmental laws

The NCEA commented on Georgia's draft laws on environmental permits and on state ecological expertise (EIA review).

Advisory reports and other documents

-: Other
Memorandum by the NCEA

Significant details

The Georgian Minister of Environment requested the NCEA to review two draft environmental laws:

  • The Law of Georgia on Environmental Permit;
  • The Law of Georgia on State Ecological Expertise.

The NCEA reviewed completeness and consistency of both laws, using the EU EIA directive and international good practice as a review framework. It issued an advice of the secretariat in which some of the main comments are:

  • The laws do not fully comply with the EU EIA directive on a number of issues, including the list of activities requiring EIA and the obligation to study reasonable alternatives;
  • The laws do not prescribe scoping, which is considered goog practice in EIA;
  • Aims of the laws seem rather ambitious;
  • No provisions are included on SEA;
  • No provisions are included for transboundary impacts.

In addition to these general comments, a number of detailed comments for specific articles were provided.

Parties involved

Members of the working group

Technical secretary: Arend Kolhoff

Further details

Country: Georgia

Last modified: 10 Jul 2018