Balancing the execution of works during the execution of investments – especially infrastructural ones – with the necessity to protect the environment has always been a serious challenge, usually resulting in conflicts between the investor and ecological organizations. DO THE CURRENT REGULATIONS FACILITATE SOLVING THESE TENSIONS?

In fact, the new legislation, which has been in force for more than three months, allows environmental organisations to more effectively assess, first and foremost, investments with a significant impact on the environment.

This is undoubtedly the case with all major infrastructural projects.

In fact, in several cases – especially concerning road construction – this right has already been exercised, which in turn means delaying the works.

However, this does not mean that the new legal solutions in this respect are bad. Rather, the procedures for issuing environmental decisions should be simplified and accelerated.

This in turn requires a well-thought-out and comprehensive reform. And also to increase the capacity of offices. Without this it is difficult to imagine the investment process being more dynamic.