I am grateful to my supervisor, Dr. Klaus Rapp of Verbund Umwelttechnik, for
his advice and guidance. I would like to thank Prof. Hans Puxbaum for his
enthusiasm, generosity and open mind regarding suggestions for improving the
program. His advice and guidance extended far beyond academic matters. I thank
the chairs of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna for opening new perspectives on
the course of this world for me, in particular Prof. Thomas Row and Prof. Werner
Neudeck. I thank Prof. Gerhard Loibl for co-shaping the curriculum of our
program and for having been the driving force behind the launch of it on behalf
of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.
I would like to thank all my colleagues and fellow students of the ETIA program,
class of 2008, for creating a friendly and supportive environment. This includes
Tyler Ashton, Melanie Blewett, Marta Castillo Sancho, Giulia De Mattia, Gloria
Diewald, Oliver Fischer, Gregor Kofler, Maria Konstantina Laina, Hatem Moustafa,
Peter Niss, Oliver Ortis, Olesea Rosca-Schirrer, Siwei Tan, Anna Maria Trofaier
and Marianne Zeyringer.
I thank my parents, family and my friends for their support. Special thanks go
(in alphabetical order) to Aidan, Alessandro, Alex M., Alex W., Alex P., Amol,
Antonia, Astrid, Bert, Charlotte, Christian, Denisa, Franky, Franz K., Franz H.,
Heather, Heidi, Josefina, Kathrin, Kerstin, Kristina, Lishan, Marco, Martin,
Moncef, Monika, Nicole B., Nicole R., Olly, Renata, Rob, Scott, Sebastian,
Su-Yin, Tatyana and Wolfgang.
I am grateful to my supervisors and colleagues at the European Court of Auditors
in Luxemburg and to all people who made the project that I did within my ETIA
involvement a pleasant experience. In particular, I thank Robert Markus,
Bertrand Tanguy; Klaus Stern, Michael Spang and Elisabeth Türk; Ludger,
Benjamin, Florian, Jo, Matthias and Jonny.
Finally, I am also grateful to the administrative support and managerial
framework without which ETIA would not be possible and run even less smoothly. I
thank Dr. Elisabeth Hofer, Rosemarie Winkler, Isabelle Starlinger, Karoline Rasl
and Ingrid Eidler.
STATEMENT OF SUPPORT
The work described in this thesis would not have been possible without the
generous financial support from “Die Presse”, the “Kulturfonds der Stadt
Salzburg” and the “Julius-Raab-Stifung”. I would like to express my gratefulness
to Styria publishing and the benefactors of the Julius-Raab-Stiftung.
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
BAT Best Available Technology
EC European Community
ECJ European Court of Justice
EIA Environmental Impact Assessment
EIS Environmental Impact Statement
EU European Union
GMO Genetically Modified Organism
(IMP)3 Title of a report that assesses EIAs in the EU
MS Member State (of the EU)
NEPA National Environmental Policy Act
NGO Non Governmental Organisation
SEA Strategic Environmental Assessment
UK United Kingdom
UN United Nations
US United States (of America)
UVP Umweltverträglichkeitsprüfung, as EIA
UVPG/UVP-G Umweltverträglichkeitsprüfungsgesetz of Germany/Austria
WHO World Health Organisation
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