Open Access Research article

Legal challenges of 5G Mobile Technology in the European Union -Strategic Environmental Assessments & necessary update of the EIA Directive

Maria Baumgartner*

Landscape planner, Engineering office for Landscape planning and Landscape architecture in Graz, Austria

Corresponding Author

Received Date: May 18, 2020;  Published Date: June 03, 2020


Do plans and programs for the comprehensive expansion of the 5G network in the member states of the European Union require the implementation of Strategic Environmental Assessments? To answer this question, the relevant directives at Union level were analyzed. In addition research on the effects of mobile communications technology was done. The result shows that Strategic Environmental Assessments are required in the member states. Also, a regulatory deficit in the European Union’s Environmental Impact Directive was revealed.

Keywords: 5G; Mobile communication; Cellular technology; Wireless technology; European union; Environment; Health; Impact assessment

Abbreviations: 5G: 5th generation of mobile phone technology; EIA: Environmental Impact Assessment; SEA: Strategic Environmental Assessment; EU: European union

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