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Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in a Transboundary Context

Inquiry Procedure

Article 3 and Appendix IV of the Espoo Convention provide an inquiry procedure. Also relevant is paragraph 15 of the appendix to decision III/2 ("Where a matter is being considered under an inquiry procedure under Article 3, paragraph 7, of the Convention, that matter may not be the subject of a submission under this decision.").

The fourth meeting of the Parties adopted a decision on the inquiry procedure, further to a note by the secretariat on the first inquiry procedure, considered by the Working Group on EIA.

Inquiry procedure
Decision IV/3

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Inquiry Commission (photographs below)

   

Subject matter

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Danube-Black Sea Deep Water Navigation Canal in the Ukrainian Sector of the Danube Delta

   

Date of notification

19 August 2004

   

Requesting party

Romania
(Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ref. No. E VI-I/5091)

   

Other party

Ukraine

   

Membership of the inquiry commission

President: Prof. Joost Terwindt, Emeritus Professor in Physical Geography, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Romania:
Dr. Mircea Staras, Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development, Tulcea, Romania

Ukraine:
Dr. Lyudmyla Anishchenko, Ukrainian Research Institute of Ecological Problems, Kharkiv, Ukraine

   

Status

First (preparatory) meeting, 26 January 2005, Geneva.

Second (preparatory) meeting, 24 February 2005, Geneva.

Meeting, 28 October 2005, Geneva.

Meeting, 16 December 2005, Amsterdam (the Netherlands).

Site visit, 8-13 May 2006, Romania & Ukraine.

Final meeting, 30 (p.m.)-31 May 2006, Geneva.

Transmission of the Inquiry Commission's opinion to the parties to the inquiry procedure and to the secretariat, 10 July 2006, Geneva.

   

Final opinion

Final report (1.7 MB)

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Unanimous conclusion that there will likely be a significant adverse transboundary impact.

See also press releases.

   

Appendices:

Final reports by specialist experts

Report of the Hydro-Morphology Expert, Jos van Gils (2MB) PDF ENG
Report of the Geochemistry Expert, Nico de Rooij PDF ENG
Report of the Fishery Expert, Stefan Schmutz (1.3MB) PDF ENG
Report of the Birdlife Expert, Mark O'Connell (2MB) PDF ENG

Contributions by the Members of the Commission

Dr Mircea Staras

Rom. 1:  Documentation on the likely significant transboundary impact of the Ukrainian Deep-water Navigation Canal Danube-Black Sea in the context of ESPOO Convention, 1991. February, 2005 (1.6MB) PDF ENG
Rom. 2:  Additional information requested for the third meeting of the Inquiry Commission on the likely significant transboundary impact of the Ukrainian Deep-water Navigation Canal Danube-Black Sea in the context of ESPOO Convention, 1991. October, 2005 PDF ENG
Rom. 3:  Comments to Annexes no. 15-28, presented by the Ukrainian expert at the third meeting of the Inquiry Commission on the likely significant transboundary impact of the Ukrainian Deep-Water Navigation Canal Danube-Black Sea in the context of ESPOO Convention, 1991. December 2005 PDF ENG
Rom. 4:  Comments on documentation presented by Ukrainian expert at 4th meeting of the Inquiry Commission (16 Dec. 2005) PDF ENG

Dr Lyudmyla Anischenko

Ukr. 1 The assessment of transboundary impact of the navigation route reopening in the Ukrainian part of the Danube Delta, February 2005    
- Report PDF ENG
- Annex 1 PDF ENG
- Annex 2 PDF ENG
- Annex 3 PDF ENG
- Annex 4 PDF ENG
- Annex 5 PDF ENG
- Annex 6 PDF ENG
- Annex 6a (2 MB) PDF ENG
- Annex 6b (2 MB) PDF ENG
- Annex 6c (2 MB) PDF ENG
- Annex 7 PDF ENG
- Annex 8 PDF ENG
- Annex 9 PDF ENG
- Annex 9, original (1.1 MB) PDF ENG
- Annex 10 PDF ENG
- Annex 11 PDF ENG
- Annex 12 PDF ENG
- Annex 13 PDF ENG
- Annex 14 PDF ENG
- Annex 14, revised PDF ENG
Ukr. 2, October 2005    
- Annex 15 PDF ENG
- Annex 16 PDF ENG
- Annex 17 PDF ENG
- Annex 18 PDF ENG
- Annex 19 PDF ENG
- Annex 20 PDF ENG
- Annex 21 PDF ENG
- Annex 22 PDF ENG
- Annex 23 PDF ENG
- Annex 24 PDF ENG
- Annex 25 PDF ENG
- Annex 26 PDF ENG
- Annex 27 (2 MB) PDF ENG
- Annex 28 (2 MB) PDF ENG
Ukr. 3, December 2005    
- Annex 29 PDF ENG
- Annex 30 PDF ENG
- Annex 31 PDF ENG
- Annex 32 PDF ENG
Ukr. 4, April 2006    
- Annex 33 PDF ENG
- Annex 34 PDF ENG
- Annex 35 PDF ENG
- Annex 36 PDF ENG
- Annex 37 PDF ENG
- Annex 38 PDF ENG
- Annex 39 PDF ENG
- Annex 40 PDF ENG
Ukr. 5, May-June 2006    
- Annex 41 PDF ENG
- Annex 42 PDF ENG
- Annex 43 PDF ENG
- Annex 44 PDF ENG
- Annex 45 (1.1 MB) PDF ENG
- Annex 46 PDF ENG
- Annex 47 PDF ENG
Ukr. 6 Report on Scientific Research Work: "Environmental Assessment (EA) within the framework of the project "Creation of the Danube – the Black Sea deep-water navigable passage in the Ukrainian part of the delta. Stage 1". Ministry of Environment Protection of Ukraine. Kharkiv, Ukraine, 2003 PDF ENG
   

Additional information

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Report of the Joint Mission of the Expert Team of the European Commission and International Conventions to the "Bystroe project" in the Ukrainian part of the Danube Delta (6-8 October 2004)

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Submission of the opinion of the Inquiry Commission, 10 July 2006, Geneva. From left: Deputy
Permanent Representative of Romania, Monika Linn (UNECE), Kaj Barlund (UNECE), UNECE Executive
Secretary Marek Belka, Ambassador of Ukraine and Joost Terwindt (President of the Inquiry Commission).

   
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Meeting with NGOs in Bucharest, May 2006. From left: Mircea Staras (Romania), Wiek Schrage (UNECE secretariat), Joost Terwindt (President), Liudmila Anishchenko (Ukraine) and interpreter.

   
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Meeting with NGOs in Bucharest, May 2006.
Both photographs courtesy Eco-Counselling Centre, Galati (Romania).