Permitting/Licensing authorities

The Ministry of Environment and Energy (YPEN) at national level and the De-centralized Administrations and Administrative Regions at regional/local level are the competent authorities for issuing permits and licenses relevant to the mining and quarrying activities (Table 2.3-1). Additionally, several co-authorities functioning on national, regional, or local level deliver their opinion, mainly during the environmental permitting process of projects and activities. Their role in permitting/licensing depends on the type of projector activity and its potential environmental impact (Table 2.3-2). The issuance of opinion on behalf of the co-authorities is generally consultative unless otherwise defined by the specific provisions of law (JMD1649/2014, Art.3, paragraph 2).

The Ministry of Environment and Energy (YPEN) is the competent authority for the environmental permitting for projects and activities classified under subcategory A1. The Environmental Terms Approval Decision (AEPO) takes the form of a Ministerial Decision issued by YPEN. The De-centralized Administrations are the competent authorities for the environmental permitting for projects and activities classified under subcategory A2. In this case, the AEPO is a Decision issued by the coordinator of the concerned De-centralized Administration. The environmental permitting of category B projects and activities does not require submission of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Study. They are only subject to a declaration of conformity with Standard Environmental Commitments (SEC) submitted to the concerned De-centralized Administrations.

The Hellenic Survey of Geology and Mineral Exploration (HSGME), in its role as consultant to the Ministry of Environment and Energy, delivers its opinion on various issues and stages of the exploration and exploitation permitting of projects and activities such as: evaluation of mining and quarrying feasibility studies submitted by third parties, delivery of data and opinion regarding public areas in which HSGME has performed exploration work in the past, delivering opinion during the granting process of exploration permit for quarry minerals in public areas.

Table 2.3-1: Permitting/Licensing authorities (national, regional, or local level)

Table 2.3-2: Key co-authorities delivering opinion during the permitting/licensing procedure