Economic development is a long-term process, and faces the idea of sustainable development. Development of the infrastructure investments is one of the most important elements which determinate economic growth. The environmental impact assessment (EIA) gives the citizens opportunity of implementation of their sustainable solutions in the wider process of planning infrastructure investments. One of the basic part of the decision process is the environmental impact assessment which lead to the first „investment decision” ie.: the decisions on the environmental conditions. The environmental impact assessment for a project means the procedure of working out the best solutions for the proposed project, including in particular: the verifi cation of the environmental impact report for the project, the acquisition of the opinions and approvals required by the Act of 3 October 2008 on the Provision of Information on the Environment and its Protection, Public Participation in Environmental Protection and Environmental Impact Assessments, ensuring the possibility of public participation in the procedure. This article is based on wide data bases of administration procedures and outlines the procedure for public participation in environmental impact assessment to emphasize its impact positive and negative on the development of infrastructure investments.
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