The law sets out the criteria that the competent authority needs to consider on the approval or disapproval of the scoping report and impact assessment report of EIA and SEA (Environmental Impact Assessment).  The analysis of such decisions demonstrated a large variability of application and documentation of these criteria across the decisions of the two competent authorities – the Ministry of Environment and the Environmental Board. The results of the analysis are especially pertinent now while the new bill on EIA would transfer the role of a quality controller of the EIA and SEA process from competent authorities to decision makers (authorities that issue permits or approve of spatial plans and policy documents).

The report is available in Estonian.