Several stages up to approval

EUGAL is planned and implemented in close coordination with the local population, municipalities, public authorities, owners and farmers of the areas, environmental protection and nature conservation associations, and above all citizens. We believe it is important to involve the public in all phases early on and continuously. Only in that way can we take into account regional and local concerns as best possible. The approval process is divided into two procedures that are conducted in each federal state. Citizens can contribute their views to both of them.

Regional planning procedure

In the regional planning procedure, the responsible authorities examine the preferred route and potential alternatives. The basis for that are the results of the application conferences, which signal the start of each regional planning procedure. The various impacts of the routes on people, nature and the environment are assessed. Public-interest bodies have the opportunity to state their stance. In addition, the documents are available to the public in the affected communities and districts so that citizens can also voice their views.

Planning approval procedure

The final route is determined in the planning approval procedure. That includes, for example, all the technical planning with precise details of the plots of land. The impact on nature and the landscape is ascertained, talks are held with the public, and the various stances are taken into account. The procedure culminates in the official planning approval decision by the authorities. This defines the final route and represents the construction permit.

The OPAL dialog process is the yardstick

We already set standards in constructing OPAL: From the start, we engaged in transparent dialog at an early stage. This was acknowledged by the public. And we are committed to doing the same with EUGAL. The people and the environment along the pipelines are at the focus of what we do.