The new EIA Directive finally came into force on 15 May 2014 as directive 2014/52/EU.
Under the amendments, developers of schemes where an EIA is required will need to submit “a description of the reasonable alternatives studied by the developer, which are relevant to the project and its specific characteristics, and an indication of the main reasons for the option chosen, taking into account the effects of the project on the environment”.
The amendments expand and set out greater detail on the information that must be provided for the screening process (which determines whether an EIA is required for a development) and the information to be covered by the environmental statement where one is required. Local authorities will have 90 days to make a screening decision
Member states do have three years to implement it in their own countries, i.e. by 16 May 2017.
See more at: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32014L0052&from=EN