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The Aarhus Convention

Requests for internal review

Requests for internal review of an administrative act or relating to an administrative omission are to be sent by mail or e-mail to the department responsible for the application of the provision on the basis of which the administrative act was adopted, or in respect of which the administrative omission is alleged.

With respect to acts or omissions falling under the responsibility of the Environment Directorate-General (‘DG Environment’) of the Commission, the following address and contact details may be used:

Postal address:
Request for internal review under Title IV of Aarhus Regulation
Environment Directorate-General
European Commission
B-1049 Brussels

E-mail: ENV-INTERNAL-REVIEW@ec.europa.eu

The Commission has adopted two decisions to implement further the Regulation:

  • Commission Decision 2008/50/EC of 13 December 2007 laying down detailed rules for the application of Regulation (EC) No 1367/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Aarhus Convention as regards requests for the internal review of administrative acts.

    This Decision specifies the evidence to be provided by NGOs, the calculation of time-limits for reply to applications and cooperation between Community institutions and bodies. This Decision applies to all the Community institutions and bodies covered by Title IV of the Regulation.

  • Commission Decision 2008/401/EC, Euratom of 30 April 2008 amending its Rules of Procedure as regards detailed rules for the application of Regulation (EC) No 1367/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the application of the provisions of the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters to Community institution and bodies.

    This Decision ensures that the General principles and minimum standards for consultation of interested parties by the Commission [COM(2002) 704] apply to public participation concerning plans and programme relating to the environment. It assigns also clear responsibilities and decision-making powers to the appropriate bodies or persons within the Commission with respect to the provisions of the Regulation concerning requests for internal review.

For more information, see the practical guide on Regulation (EC) No 1367/2006.
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Repository of requests for internal review lodged with the European Commission pursuant to Article 10 of Regulation (EC) No 1367/2006 ("Aarhus Regulation")

1. Requests for internal review concerning the Commission's decision of 12 September 2007 adopting the list of candidates for the appointment of the Executive Director of the European Chemicals Agency by the Management Board thereof (decision not published in the OJ)

2. Request for an internal review of:

  • Commission Decision 2007/701/EC of 24 October 2007 authorizing the placing on the market of products containing, consisting of, or produced from genetically modified maize NK603xMON810 (MON-OO6O3-6xMON-OO81O-6) pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council (notified under document number C(2007) 5140);

  • Commission Decision 2007/702/EC of 24 October 2007 authorizing the placing on the market of products containing, consisting of, or produced from genetically modified maize 59122 (DAS-59122-7) pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council (notified under document number C(2007) 5141);

  • Commission Decision 2007/703/EC of 24 October 2007 authorizing the placing on the market of products containing, consisting of, or produced from genetically modified maize 1507xNK603 (DAS-O15O7-1xMON-OO6O3-6) pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council (notified under document number C(2007) 5142)

3. Request for an internal review of Commission Decision C(2007)6367 adopting the operational programme Transport for Community assistance from the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund under the Convergence objective in the Czech Republic (decision not published in the OJ)

4. Request for an internal review of Commission Regulation (EC) No 149/2008 of 29 January 2008 amending Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council by establishing Annexes II, III and IV setting maximum residue levels for products covered by Annex I thereto

5. Requests for internal review of Commission decision of 28 February 2008 whereby infringement procedure 2003/4523 concerning the Baixo Sabor dam project in Portugal  (decision not published in the OJ)

  • Reply: letter to LPN (en pt) (N.B.:  EN working translation is also enclosed).

6.   Request for an internal review of Commission Directive 2008/116/EC of 15 December 2008 amending Council Directive 91/414/EEC to include aclonifen, imidacloprid and metazachlor as active substances (OJ L 337, 16.12.2008, p. 86) insofar as the inclusion of imidacloprid is concerned.

7. Request for an internal review of the statement on the use of revenues generated from the auctioning of allowances made by the Commission with respect to Article 10(3) of Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 October 2003 establishing a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Community and amending Council Directive 96/61/EC as inserted by Directive 2009/29/EC of the European parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 amending Directive 2003/87/EC so as to improve and extend the greenhouse gas emission allowance trading scheme of the Community (OJ L 140, 5.6.2009, p. 63).

8. Request for an internal review of Commission Decision C(2009) 2560 of 7 April 2009 on the notification by the Netherlands of a postponement for attaining the deadline for the limit values for NO2 and an exemption from the obligation to apply the limit values for PM10 (decision not published in the OJ).

  • Reply  (en nl) (N.B.:  EN working translation is also enclosed)

  • Court proceeding T-396/09; Joined Cases C-401/12 P, C-402/12 P, C-403/12 P

9. Request for an internal review of Commission Decision 2010/135/EU of 2 March 2010 concerning the placing on the market, in accordance with Directive 2001/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, of a potato product (Solanum tuberosum L. line EH92-527-1) genetically modified for enhanced content of the amylopectin component of starch and Commission Decision 2010/136/EU of 2 March 2010 authorising the placing on the market of feed produced from the genetically modified potato EH92- 527-1 (BPS-25271-9) and the adventitious or technically unavoidable presence of the potato in food and other feed products under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council (GMO authorization)

10. Request for an internal review of Commission Directive 2010/77/EU of 10 November 2010 amending Council Directive 91/414/EEC as regards the expiry dates for inclusion in Annex I of certain active substances            

11. Request for an internal review of Commission Implementing Regulation 1143/2011 of 10 November 2011 approving the active substance prochloraz, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the Annex to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011 and Commission Decision 2008/934/EC (approving active substance prochloraz)

12. Request for an internal review of Commission Implementing Regulation 359/2012 of 25 April 2012 approving the active substance metam, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the Annex to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011

13. Request for an internal review of Commission Communication "Renewable Energy: A Major Player in the European Energy Market" – COM (2012) 271

14. Request for an internal review of the Commission Implementing Decision 2012/347/EU of 28 June 2012 authorising the placing on the market of products containing, consisting of, or produced from genetically modified soybean MON 87701 × MON 89788 (MON-877Ø1-2 × MON-89788-1) pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council

15. Request for an internal review of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 582/2012 of 2 July 2012 approving the active substance bifenthrin, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the Annex to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011

16. Request for an internal review of Commission decision C(2012) 4576 of 6 July 2012 concerning the application pursuant to Article 10c (5) of Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council to give transitional free allocation for the modernisation of electricity generation notified by the Czech Republic

17. Request for internal review of the Commission decision to appeal the decisions of the General Court in cases T-338/08 and T-396/09

18. Request for an internal review of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 365/2013 of 22 April 2013 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011 as regards the conditions of approval of the active substance glufosinate

19. Request for an internal review of the failure of the Commission to act as regards crops and uses which do not fall within the scope of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU 485/2013)

20. Request for an internal review of of the  adoption on 14 October 2013 of a list of 248 Projects of Common Interest: http://ec.europa.eu/energy/infrastructure/pci/pci_en.htm

21. Request for an internal review of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) of 14.10.2013 amending Regulation 347/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure as regards the Union list of projects of common interest

22. Request for an internal review by the European Commission of the decision taken on 26 November 2013 on the notification by the Hellenic Republic of a transitional national plan referred to in Article 32 of Directive 2010/75/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on industrial emissions (“Greek TNP approval”)

23. Request for internal review of an administrative omission by the European Commission, namely the failure to submit a proposal necessary for the adoption of the implementation measures of Article 7a of the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD), in particular the fuel baseline standard and greenhouse gas emission calculation methodologies

24. Request an internal review by the European Commission of the decision taken on 17 February 2014 on the notification by the Republic of Poland of a transitional national plan referred to in Article 32 of Directive 2010/75/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on industrial emissions1, hereafter "Polish TNP approval".

25. Request an internal review by the European Commission of the decision taken on  31 March 2014 on the notification by the Republic of Bulgaria of a transitional national plan referred to in Article 32 of Directive 2010/75/EU on industrial emissions1 ("Bulgarian TNP approval").

26. Request internal review of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 408/2014 of 23 April 2014 approving synthetic amorphous silicon dioxide as an existing active substance for use in biocidal products for product-type 18

27. Request for an internal review: Guidelines on state aid for environmental protection and energy – 2014 – 2020 (2014/C 200/01).

28. Request for internal review of Commission Decision 2014/746/EU of 27 October 2014 determining, pursuant to directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, a list of sectors and subsectors which are deemed to be exposed to a significant risk of carbon leakage, for the period 2015 to 2019