Validity of Environmental Decisions vs. Concession Conversion
As a matter of fact, the notion of validity of an environmental decision remains undefined.
With respect to such decisions, one may rather talk about the possibility of its application by the investor within a certain limit of time. According to Article 72(3) of the Act of 3 October 2008 providing information on the environment and environmental protection, public participation in environmental protection and on environmental impact assessment (Environmental Information Act), the environmental decision should be attached to an application for a decision concerning, inter alia, a concession for the extraction of minerals from deposits. The submission of the relevant application should take place within 6 years of the date on which the environmental decision became final. In case of a project which is implemented in stages, and provided that the conditions defined in the environmental decision have not changed, the application may be submitted within 10 years of the date on which the environmental decision became final. Więcej