The County Administrative Board’s Decision:
The County Administrative Board assesses that the measures presented will not affect the environment in the Natura 2000-areas, in a significant way. Therefore permission is not required in accordance with ch. 7 § 28a of the Environmental Code.
The County Administrative Board recommends that permission is applied for in accordance with ch. 11 of the Environmental Code, for those measures that will be taken within Swedish territory. The County Administrative Board recommends that there is consultation with professional fishermen who have the right to fish in the areas in question. It should therefore rest upon Greenpeace to state which legal grounds there are in taking measures with the purpose of hindering the fishing industry.
If the measures are taken, the County Administrative Board, with the support of ch. 26 §§ 21 and 22 of the Environmental Code, will order Greenpeace to, no later than one month after the measures are taken, report to the County Administrative Board how and where the measures were carried out. Stated in the account shall be the point in time, co-ordinates and the quantity of stone blocks placed.
The County Administrative Board reiterates that this decision does not release the organiser from the obligation to adhere to what is prescribed in another statute or what is covered by the rights of others.
This decision can be appealed in the Environmental Court, Vänersborg’s District Court, see appendix 1.