Environment in emerging and transition economies

Guiding Principles of Effective Environmental Permitting Systems


 Environmental permitting is a key regulatory instrument for reducing industry’s environmental impacts, facilitating its compliance with environmental requirements and promoting technological innovation. Based on an extensive policy dialogue and exchange of experience, which involved governmental and non-governmental actors from countries participating in the “Environment for Europe Process”, the current document presents a reference that Governments in EECCA may wish to use when considering how to strengthen their environmental permitting systems. The Guiding Principles emphasise the introduction of integrated permitting for large industry and simplified permitting for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in order to achieve a higher level of environmental protection and, at the same time, reduce administrative burdens on regulatees.