The Karelia Cross-Border Cooperation Programme 2021-2027 has been undergoing a strategic environmental assessment (SEA). The purpose of the assessment was to ensure that the environmental impacts are assessed and duly considered during the preparation and approval of the programme. The strategic environmental assessment was prepared in accordance with the directive 2001/42/EC on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment as well as with the corresponding Finnish legislation (SEA Act 200/2005 and its complementary regulation (347/2005).
The assessment was drafted in parallel with the programme document giving the strategic environmental assessment an opportunity to effect on the programme strategy. The process was launched in December 2020 by the Programming Committee of the Karelia Cross-Border Cooperation Programme.
The public hearing regarding the strategic environmental assessment is ongoing from 27th September to 28th October 2021.