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

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 fifth briefing of the series, we provide a brief general understanding of the precautionary, proportionality, and subsidiarity principles, and how they have influenced the application 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 - download from this page]

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 1, 2015
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