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An important milestone for the E_OS project: the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was submitted to the competent authorities in late August 2013.

E_OS project: The documents of the Environmental Impact Statement included 220 files.

Miklos Papp, Christian Gantner, Christian Ludwig, Franz Klager, Gerald Wandl (from left).

Eleven folders were needed to collect and compile all E_OS documents. These documents had to be copied twenty times - one full E_OS package for each public authority official in charge. During many months of hard work, experts from a variety of sectors - including human medicine, biology, geology, spatial planning, water resource protection and transport - had analysed all potential impacts of our project in great detail. Their findings were pulled together in an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the E_OS project. In late August, this statement was finally submitted to the competent authority for approval (Municipal Department 22 - Environmental Protection).

"We prepared the relevant documents with utmost diligence," says Christian Gantner, Director General of ebswien. "But we also wanted to submit our Environmental Impact Statement as quickly as possible to remain on schedule with our E_OS project.” Officials at the City of Vienna's Environmental Protection Department are now reviewing the submitted documents. The results of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) are expected to become available in the spring of 2014. Gantner says: "As soon as we get a positive result, we will launch Europe-wide tenders for individual subprojects." The E_OS project is progressing as scheduled, and construction activities are slated to begin in the summer of 2015.