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

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 eighth briefing of the series, we examine the meaning of ‘absence of alternative solutions’ and ‘imperative reasons of overriding public interest’ for the purposes of Article 6(4) of the Habitats Directive.

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

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 - download from this page]

 

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Published November 1, 2015
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