In this step the work plan for permitting is developed and will include the priorities, the strategies and the activities that will be carried out within the defined time period. In contrast to inspection plans, the work plan for permitting is not mandatory by the IED. It’s therefor also not mandatory to actively publish the plan. However we do encourage authorities to develop such a plan and make this publically available.
The second step is “Permitting Framework”. In this step we make sure all necessary conditions are met so the permitting officers can do their work in an efficient and effective way. Conditions that are of importance are: education, training, competences, IT solutions, procedures and protocols, manuals and agreements for advise etc. See chapter 4.2.
The third step is “Permitting procedure”. In this step the actual permitting work is done. This step includes the submission of the application, decision making and access to justice. See chapter 4.3.
The fourth step is “Monitoring”. To make sure we meet the objectives we set in our work plan we have to monitor theoutput(did we carry out the planned activities?) and the outcome(what were the effects of our activities?). This information will be used for reviewing the plans and for reporting to different stakeholders, for instance the minister responsible, parliament, the general public, the European Commission etc.
From the “Monitoring” step we return to the “Planning” step. Based upon the monitoring results but also because of other influences (e.g. changes in the context) the working plan be reviewed and possibly be revised. See chapter 4.4.