In the case of an EIS, public consultation has two processes: an on-site notice/ notice in the newspapers and a public meeting.
MEPA will organize and chair a public exhibition and meeting after the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been certified. During the public hearing, the Local Council, NGOs and the public may comment on the EIS and express views on the impact of the proposed development.
The Environment Protection Directorate informs the public about the day, time and place where the public hearing is to take place, through a notice published in the government gazette and in local newspapers. The advert is to be published between 15 and 30 days before the public hearing.
In the meantime, the Authority will inform the consultants and other persons about the public hearing, at least 15 days before. The public may inspect a draft copy of the EIS at MEPA and the Local Council/s throughout the public consultation period. Following the public meeting, the public may submit further queries to MEPA for a period of 7 days.