Appendix I.

The criteria in accordance with article 4.2.3, § 2, 2°, and article 4.2.3, § 3:

 

1. The characteristics of plans and programmes, in particular with regard to:

  1. the extent to which the plan or programme comprises a framework for projects and other activities with respect to the location, nature, importance and conditions for use as well as that con-cerning the allocation of sources of assistance;
  2. the extent to which the plan or programme influences other plans and programmes, including those which are a part of a hierarchical entity;
  3. the relevance of the plan or programme to the integration of environmental considerations, particularly in view of the promotion of sustainable development;
  4. environmental problems relevant to the plan or programme;
  5. the relevance of the plan or programme to the purposes of the environmental legislation of the European Community (for example plans and programmes concerning waste management or water protection). 

2. Characteristics of the effects and the areas which can be influenced, in particular with regard to:

  1. the likelihood, duration, frequency and irreversibility of the effects;
  2. the cumulative nature of the effects;
  3. the cross-border nature of the effects;
  4. the risks to human health or safety or the environment (e.g. due to accidents);
  5. the extent and the environmental range of the effects (geographical area and extent of the population that can be affected);
  6. the value and vulnerability of the area that can be influenced with regard to:
    • special natural characteristics or cultural patrimony;
    • the exceeding of the environmental quality standards or limit values;
    •  intensive land use;
  7. the effects on areas and landscapes recognised by a Member State, by the Community, or in an international context as a protected area