Types of advisory report

A competent authority can request an advisory report from the NCEA at various points during the EA process.  Whether such a report is mandatory or voluntary depends on whether a simplified or full procedure is applicable. 

  • simplified procedure: EIA for permits
  • full procedure: EIA for complex decisions and SEA for plans and programmes.

 

 

simplified procedure

full procedure

advisory report on scoping

voluntary advisory report

voluntary advisory report

interim review

voluntary advisory report

voluntary advisory report

review of EA report

voluntary advisory report

mandatory advisory report

review of supplementary material for the EA report

voluntary advisory report

voluntary advisory report

 

Note that ‘simplified’ does not necessarily mean ‘easy’. The type of permit determines whether the simplified or the full procedure applies.  The full procedure is always required for complex decisions, all SEAs, all projects which require an appropriate assessment on the basis of the Dutch Nature Conservation Act and all projects in which a government body is proponent (e.g. expansion airport, projects concerning infrastructure, housing programmes).

Voluntary advisory report

The added value
A voluntary advisory report on scoping: 

  • Establishes the content of the EA report and on the one hand prevents important issues being overlooked and on the other ensures that no unnecessary research is being done in the assessment. 
  • Makes clear in advance which aspects of the EA report the NCEA will review.
  • Provides information on relevant scientific and legislative developments.

A voluntary advisory review: 

  • Gives an impartial judgment of controversial projects.
  • Increases the report’s value as a basis for decision-making.
  • Reduces the likelihood of legal challenges to the decision.