Espoo Process 2017

Nord Stream 2 published an “Espoo Report” in 2017 for an international consultation process according to the Espoo Convention. This documentation provided the basis for public participation. 

Nord Stream 2 prepared an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to document potential transboundary impacts of the project in English and the nine languages of the Baltic Sea. Known as the "Espoo Report," it was based on the national EIAs and extensive environmental studies by the project company. The Espoo Report was submitted in April 2017 to the Parties of Origin, which then provided the documentation to all Affected Parties as the basis for national participation by authorities and the public.

Public Participation

The Espoo Report, including a comprehensive Map Atlas as well as a Non-Technical Summary for the non-specialist reader, has been a key element of the public participation process. Interested parties were invited to submit feedback on the project proposals and related impact assessments. The relevant national authority in each Affected Party organised public participation, information meetings and other consultations on the Espoo Report according to their national legal requirements. Between May and September 2017 Nord Stream 2 participated in 12 public hearings in the Baltic Sea region to discuss the environmental documentation on a national and transboundary level. 

As a result of the public participation period, statements relating to the pipeline project were submitted to the competent authorities from associations, authorities and private bodies in all countries of the Baltic Sea region. The responsible national authorities of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany have taken them into account as part of their decisions on whether to grant the permits for the project, and on what conditions.

The Espoo Report, Map Atlas and the Non-Technical Summary can be downloaded in English and in all nine languages of the Baltic Sea region in the document library.

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