Strategic environmental assessment: Interreg NEXT MED Programme

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The Managing Authority has launched a screening process to decide whether or not the Interreg NEXT MED Programme shall be subject to a full Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

The Autonomous Region of Sardinia, in its role as Managing Authority of the Interreg NEXT MED Programme 2021-2027, has launched a consultation to decide whether the Interreg Programme shall be subject to a full Strategic Environmental Assessment. 
This screening procedure is conducted by the Managing Authority together with the Italian Ministry of Ecological Transition and in consultation with the national environmental authorities of the participating countries.

The consultation is carried out in accordance with the provisions of Directive 2001/42/EC on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment (SEA Directive) and is necessary in order to submit the Interreg NEXT MED 2021-2027 Programme document to the European Commission. 

In order to facilitate the screening exercise, the Managing Authority in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Ecological Transition has prepared a Screening Report to be used during the consultation of the environmental authorities. This report analyses the Interreg NEXT MED Programme in connection to the SEA and performs a screening of the draft Programme against the criteria set in Annex II of the SEA Directive. The report also includes a dedicated assessment of the Programme in accordance with the Taxonomy Regulation (EU) 2020/852 and the “do no significant harm” principle in order to prevent the inclusion of activities that could do significant harm to the environmental objectives in the meaning of Article 17 of the Taxonomy Regulation.

While the SEA process is dedicated to the environmental authorities, concerned stakeholders may contribute to the consultation by sending their comments to the relevant national authorities (contacts available in the attached documents below). 

The deadline of the consultation is 16th of May 2022.