Article 6 (3) The test of likely significant effect and appropriate assessments

ClientEarth’s briefing series ‘European protected areas – navigating the legal landscape’ provides a broad overview of the legal landscape surrounding Article 6 of the Habitats Directive. It is designed to provide the key legal information needed to engage in discussions relating to developments, or plans for developments, in or around Natura 2000 sites.

In this second briefing of the series, we provide a short and simple overview of when a plan or project will be considered ‘likely to have a significant effect’ on a Natura 2000 site, and will, therefore, be subject to an ‘appropriate assessment’ under Article 6(3) of the Habitats Directive. We also examine the meaning of ‘appropriate assessment’, which is also called the test of ‘likely significant effect’.

All briefings in this series:

Briefing 1: An overview of Natura 2000

[Briefing 2: Article 6 (3) The test of likely significant effect and appropriate assessments - download from this page]

Briefing 3: The importance and meaning of 'site integrity' (Article 6(3))

Briefing 4: Article 6(3): the precautionary principle and proportionality

Briefing 5: Article 6(4): The precautionary, proportionality, and subsidiarity principles

Briefing 6: Article 6(3) What constitutes a plan or project

Briefing 7: Article 6: compensation v. mitigation measures

Briefing 8: Article 6(4): Absence of alternative solutions and imperative reasons of overriding public interest

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Published November 28, 2015
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