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Main steps

What are main steps of SEA process?

The process of compulsory assessment of the strategy document impacts on the environment consists of the following basic steps:

  • notice and comment on it,
  • setting the scope of strategy document assessment and timetable,
  • environmental impact statement on strategy document assessment and comment on it,
  • public hearing of environmental impact statement,
  • expert review on a strategy document,
  • final record from a strategy document assessment.
In the final record from the strategy document assessment the competent authority shall state, in addition to the overall impact assessment of the strategy document, if it recommends its adoption or not, or under which conditions, as well as the desired extent of its screening and evaluation.
 
Screening procedure begins with the submitting of the notice on a strategy document, and it ends by issuing a decision in which the competent authority shall decide whether the strategy document or its change is to be assessed under the act or not. If it is decided that the strategy document is to be assessed under the act, the process moves to the step of compulsory assessment, and that is determining the scope of strategy document assessment and timetable. When making a decision, the competent authority takes into account mainly the criteria for the screening procedure listed in Annex no. 3 of the Act.
 
Strategic Environmental Assessment process with a national environmental impact consists of those same steps as the compulsory assessment and screening procedure. The process ends by issuing the clause of environmental impact, where the result of impact assessment and presented opinions are evaluated.
 

What is the relationship between SEA and authorization procedure?

The approving authority shall take into account the final review from the strategy document assessment, and in particular the conditions of strategy document adoption. The approving authority cannot approve the strategy document, which is subject to the assessment, without the final review or clause of environmental impacts.