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 session of the 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.
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The inquiry procedure has been invoked on one occasion to date, in 2004, regarding the Danube-Black Sea Deep Water Navigation Canal in the Ukrainian Sector of the Danube Delta.
Inquiry Commission (photographs below)
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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
(Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ref. No. E VI-I/5091)
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
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 report (1.7 MB)
Unanimous conclusion that there will likely be a significant adverse transboundary impact.
See also press releases.
Final reports by specialist experts
|Report of the Hydro-Morphology Expert, Jos van Gils (2MB) ||ENG |
|Report of the Geochemistry Expert, Nico de Rooij ||ENG |
|Report of the Fishery Expert, Stefan Schmutz (1.3MB) ||ENG |
|Report of the Birdlife Expert, Mark O'Connell (2MB) ||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) ||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 ||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 ||ENG |
|Rom. 4: Comments on documentation presented by Ukrainian expert at 4th meeting of the Inquiry Commission (16 Dec. 2005) ||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 ||ENG |
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|- Annex 6 ||ENG |
|- Annex 6a (2 MB) ||ENG |
|- Annex 6b (2 MB) ||ENG |
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|- Annex 9 ||ENG |
|- Annex 9, original (1.1 MB) ||ENG |
|- Annex 10 ||ENG |
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|- Annex 14 ||ENG |
|- Annex 14, revised ||ENG |
|Ukr. 2, October 2005 || |
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|- Annex 26 ||ENG |
|- Annex 27 (2 MB) ||ENG |
|- Annex 28 (2 MB) ||ENG |
|Ukr. 3, December 2005 || |
|- Annex 29 ||ENG |
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|Ukr. 4, April 2006 || |
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|Ukr. 5, May-June 2006 || |
|- Annex 41 ||ENG |
|- Annex 42 ||ENG |
|- Annex 43 ||ENG |
|- Annex 44 ||ENG |
|- Annex 45 (1.1 MB) ||ENG |
|- Annex 46 ||ENG |
|- Annex 47 ||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 ||ENG |
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.
Meeting with NGOs in Bucharest, May 2006.
Both photographs courtesy Eco-Counselling Centre, Galati (Romania).