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All of this information is analysed by the competent authorities, which take a decision and follow up on it. In particular, they will issue a declaration summarising the way in which the public’s comments on the report have or have not been incorporated in the final adopted plan. The authority which has prepared the plan or programme should also determine measures for monitoring significant effects identified during the implementation of the plan or programme.

Once the environmental report has been submitted and a position has been decided on by the relevant authority, the decision, i.e. the adoption of the final plan or programme by the public authorities, must be communicated to the public (as well as to the administrative bodies which have been involved in the process).

Finally, the concrete consequences of the plan or programme for the environment must be monitored by the authority.