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The Aarhus Convention

Commission Expert Group meetings related to access to justice in environmental matters

For more information in general on Commission expert groups, please visit the following site.

The Commission organized on the 24th November 2014 an expert group meeting with judges to discuss the topic of access to justice in environmental matters. See agenda.
The discussions took place following the topics set out in the agenda. The meeting gave the participants a chance to share their experience on access to justice in environmental matters in different jurisdictions. The presentation, delivered by the Commission, is accessible here. The participants discussed which elements should be addressed in a new initiative on access to justice from a judiciary point of view.

The Commission organised on the 27th November 2014 an expert group meeting with the Member States to discuss the topic of access to justice in environmental matters. See agenda.

A number of discussions took place following the agenda topics. The discussions were very informative and gave the participants a chance to exchange views on recently emerging case-law at both Member States' and EU level. Presentation, delivered by the Commission, is accessible here. It was observed that even though there are differences in approaches, all Member States and the Commission are committed to implement the Aarhus Convention and related access to justice rules.

The Commission organised on the 11th October 2013 an expert group meeting with the Member State judges to discuss the topic of access to justice in environmental matters and possible options for future initiatives. See agenda.

A number of presentations were delivered, that are accessible here.

The Commission also organised on the 15th October 2013 an expert group meeting with Member State authorities to discuss the topic of access to justice in environmental matters and possible options for future initiatives. See agenda.

A number of presentations were delivered, that are accessible here.

The Commission organised on 12th November 2012 an expert group meeting with Member States government experts to discuss the recently prepared studies and fact sheets on the topic of access to justice in environmental matters.

Professor Chris Backes presented the main findings of the synthesis report. Professor Philipsen from the Maastricht University presented preliminary findings of the study on access to justice and economic implications. Csaba Kiss, as representative of UBA and Emla, has presented the methodology and process of drawing up the environmental access to justice fact sheets for the purposes of the eJustice portal. A representative of DG JUST has also presentedthe background of the eJustice project.

The Commission organised another expert group meeting on 26th November 2012 with Member States judges to discuss the recently prepared studies and fact sheets on the topic of access to justice in environmental matters.

Professor Jan Darpö presented the main findings of the synthesis report. Dr Csaba Kiss, as representative of UBA and Emla, has presented the methodology and process of drawing up the environmental access to justice fact sheets for the purposes of the eJustice portal. A representative of DG JUST has also presented the background of the eJustice project.