Yesterday, the Kosovo* National Assembly adopted the Law on Environmental Impact Assessment. The Law will strengthen environmental protection in Kosovo*1 by ensuring that projects that have significant impacts on the environment are granted building permits only after their assessment has been carried out and suitable mitigation measures put in place.
The Secretariat congratulates Kosovo* on this immense progress and its dedication to resolving the issue of non-compliance with the environmental acquis. The Secretariat will continue the joint work and cooperation with Kosovo’s* authorities on the upcoming secondary legislation to fully align with the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive. Once Kosovo* achieves full compliance, the breach identified by yesterday’s Ministerial Council will be remedied.
1 * This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.