Factsheet: Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management System Act

Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management System Act

Key Information
Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management System Act
Full name of Instrument & Measure (native language): 
Keskkonnamõju hindamise ja keskkonnajuhtimissüsteemi seadus
Description: 
This Act provides legal grounds and procedure for the assessment of likely environmental impact, organisation of the environmental management and audit scheme and legal grounds for awarding the eco-label in order to prevent environmental damage and establishes liability for violation of the requirements of this Act. (2) The provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act apply to the administrative proceedings specified in this Act, taking account of the specifications provided for in this Act. Provisions concerning open proceedings apply to environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment procedures, taking account of the specifications provided for in this Act. (3) The following is excluded from the scope of this Act: 1) a strategic planning document the sole purpose of which is national defence or civil emergency; 2) financial or budget plans, programmes and strategies; 3) a strategic planning document if the activity proposed on the basis thereof are co-financed from the Structural Funds of the European Union or the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund between 2004 and 2006.
Goal/Aim: 
Protection and sustainable management of the environment.
Responsible Authority: 
Ministry of the Environment

Status:

Year Instrument & Measure Started: 
2005