The Research Unit of Law together with the Austrian Institute for Spatial Planning, opens an external URL in a new window (ÖIR GmbH) are carrying out a research project on the regulation of urban development in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Act. This project is carried out on behalf of the Austrian Association of Project Developers, opens an external URL in a new window (VÖPE).

It is often a matter of interpretation when an urban development project is subject to a compulsory EIA. This leads to major problems and uncertainties in practice. The aim of the project is to analyse the EU law sources for the EIA of urban development projects and – based thereupon – the amendments to the Austrian EIA Act. By comparing the Austrian framework to that of other selected EU member states, where EIA provisions are systematically linked to those on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), the project will make suggestions for clarifying amendments to the EIA Act.


Duration: 06/2021 - 12/2021