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The Aarhus Convention

Relevant EU on-line resources and activities

Access to Information

  • EIB rules related to the Aarhus Convention.
  • The European Environment Agency aims to support sustainable development and to help achieve significant and measurable improvement in Europe's environment through the provision of timely, targeted, relevant and reliable environmental information to policy making agents and the public.
  • European Environment Information and Observation Network (EIONET): EIONET is a collaborative network of the European Environment Agency and its Member Countries, connecting National Focal Points in the EU and accession countries, European Topic Centres, National Reference Centres, and Main Component Elements. These organisations jointly provide the information that is used for making decisions for improving the state of environment in Europe and making EU policies more effective. EIONET is both a network of organisations and a electronic network (e-EIONET).
  • "The INSPIRE Directive (2007/2/EC) entered into force in May 2007, establishing an infrastructure for spatial information in Europe to support Community environmental policies, and policies or activities which may have an impact on the environment."
  • Eurostat: Eurostat’s mission is to provide the European Union with a high-quality statistical information service
  • European Pollutant Emission Register (EPER) and European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR): National governments of all EC Member States are required to maintain inventories of emission data from specified industrial sources and to report emissions from individual facilities to the European Commission. The reported data will be made accessible in a public register (EPER), which is intended to provide environmental information on major industrial activities. E-PRTR is the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register, which will succeed the EPER. It is based on Regulation (EC) No 166/2006 and is intended to fully implement the obligations of the UN-ECE PRTR Protocol, which was signed in May 2003 by 36 countries and the European Community. The obligations under the E-PRTR Regulation extend beyond the scope of EPER mainly in terms of more facilities included, more substances to report, additional coverage of releases to land, off-site transfers of waste and releases from diffuse sources, public participation and annual instead of triennial reporting. The first reporting year under the E-PRTR will be the year 2007 and respective information will have to be reported by Member States in June 2009. The Commission will publish the data in autumn 2009.
  • Civil participation, openness and access to documents: Article 15 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (ex Article 255 of the Treaty establishing the European Community), implemented through Regulation 1049/2001 of 30 May 2001, grants a right of access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents to any Union citizen and to any natural or legal person residing, or having its registered office, in a Member State.
  • Document registers of the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission