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.


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.


BAT Best Available Technology
Ch. Chapter
EC European Community
ECJ European Court of Justice
EIA Environmental Impact Assessment
EIS Environmental Impact Statement
EU European Union
Fig. Figure
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
Ref. Reference
SEA Strategic Environmental Assessment
Tab. Table
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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