Hrvatske vode

Positive environmental and nature impacts is ensured through Strategic Environmental Assessment for the Programme, Environmental Impact Assessments and appropriate Assessment for the ecological network for individual projects, if needed.

Legal basis

Environmental protection:

Relevant legislation: The Environmental Protection Act (OG 80/13, 153/13, 78/15) and the Regulation on environmental impact assessment (OG 61/14). The Environmental Protection Act is regulated and harmonized with the corresponding EU Directives: Directive 2011/92/EZ dated 13 Dec 2011, Directive 2003/35/EZ dated 26 May 2003, Directive 2001/42/EZ 27 dated Jun 2001, Directive 2010/75/EU dated 24. Nov 2010, Directive 2003/4/EZ dated 28 Jan 2003, Directive 2004/35/EZ dated 21 Apr 2004, Directive 2008/56/EZ dated 17 Jun 2008, Directive 1999/94/EC dated 13 Dec 1999, Directive 2013/30/EC dated 12 Jun 2013, Directive 2012/18/EC dated 4 Jul 2012, Directive 2009/126/EC dated 21 Oct2009, Directive 2009/31/EC dated 23 Apr 2009, Directive 2009/304/EC dated 23 Apr 2009, Directive 2008/98/EC dated 19 Nov 2008, Directive 2006/66/EC dated 6 Sep 2006, Directive 2006/7/EC dated 15 Feb 2006, Directive 2003/87EC 13 Oct 2003, Directive 199/31/EC dated 26 Apr 1999, Directive 94/63/EC dated 20 Dec 1994, Regulation 66/2010/EC dated 25 Nov 2009, Regulation 1221/2009/EC dated 25 Nov 2009, Regulation 166/2006/EC , Regulation 401/2009/EC dated 23 Apr 2009.

In addition, the adopted legislation is also based on the provisions of an international agreement confirmed by Croatia by adopting the Act on the Ratification of the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (OG – International Agreements, 6/96) and Act by United Nation's Programm for environmental named Barcelona Convention Protocol about integral managment of Mediteranina costal area, ratificated by Croatia with Act on conformation (International agreements, OG 8/2012) (Akt Programa Ujedinjenih naroda za okoliš pod nazivom Protokol Barcelonske konevencije o integralnom upravljanju obalnim područjem Sredozemlja ratificiranom od strane RH Zakonom o potvrđivanju (Međunarodni ugovori, NN 8/2012.)

Nature Protection:

Relevant legislation: Nature Protection Act (OG 80/13), Regulation on Amendamn of Regulati on onProclamation of the Ecological Network (OG 124/13, 105/15), Ordinance on the appropriate assessment of the impact of plans, programmes and projects on the ecological network (OG 146/14) through which Croatian legislation was harmonized with EU regulations in the field of nature protection: Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora dated 22 Jul 1992 changed and completed with Directive 2006/105/EEC dated 20 Dec 2006 (Habitats Directive), − Council Directive 2009/147/EC dated 26 Jan 2010 on the conservation of wild birds (Birds Directive) and Convention on the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats (the Bern Convention) –Emerald Network.

Status of Strategic environmental impact assesment (SEIA):

The need for investments into protection from adverse effects of water in the Republic of Croatia is based on the needs analysed in the Water Management Strategy (WMS) (Water Act, OG 91/08), which is further elaborated in the planning document of Hrvatske vode titled Multi-Annual Programme of Constructing Water Regulation and Protection Facilities and Amelioration Facilities 2013-2017 (hereinafter: the Programme), all in accordance with Water Act, clause 37 (OG 153/09, 130/11 i 56/13). The programme was developed by Hrvatske vode enacted by Government of Croatia after procedure of SEIA (in accordance with Environmental Protection Act clause 62) in October 2015 (OG 117/2015).

Status of Environmental Impact assesment (EIA ) and Ecological network impact assesment (ENIA):

EIA is mandatory for the projects specified in the list of projects under Annex I of the Regulation on environmental impact assessment (Official Gazette 61/14) and for the projects for which EIA is established as mandatory in the process of evaluating the need for EIA. Projects for which process of evaluating the need for EIA is necessary are listed in Anexes II and III Of the Regulation.

Appropriate ENIA shall be carried out for all the projects and activities that may have an adverse impact on the conservation objectives of the ecological network areas, pursuant to the Ordinance on appropriate assessment of the impact of plans, programmes and projects on the ecological network (Official Gazette 146/14).

If environmental impact assessment (EIA) is required for an activity or project, the appropriate assessment for the ecological network shall be carried out as part of the EIA. If EIA is not required, the main assessment shall be carried out as a separate procedure. If the project is located within an already built-up part of a construction area, in such case, the ENIA is not required.

With tabel Environmental complienece, the status of EIA and EINA is described for every particular subproject.

For subprojects non tehnical summary or an opinion or decision that EIA and/or ENIA is not need to be conducted as follows.