About this initiative


The EU and its Member States are parties to the Aarhus Convention on access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters. The Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee found that the EU does not comply with the Convention because of insufficient administrative or judicial redress at EU level. This initiative will evaluate the current situation and assess options to address compliance, to underpin possible decision-making.

Type of act
Staff working document


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Inception impact assessment
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Feedback period
08 May 2018 - 05 June 2018 (midnight Brussels time)
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Feedback (55)

  • WWF Adria (Croatia)
    5 June 2018 Non-governmental organisation (NGO)
    WWF Adria (Croatia)

    The administrative review should an opportunity to better environmental legislation, improve judicial review, enhance institutional dialogue between EC Commission and the European and national courts, and foster environmental democracy in EU. Amendment of the Aarhus Regulation is also mean to bring the EU into compliance with its international law obligations.

  • Pesticide Action Network Europe (Belgium)
    5 June 2018 Non-governmental organisation (NGO)
    Pesticide Action Network Europe (Belgium)

    PAN Europe strongly supports an amendment of the Aarhus regulation in order to comply with the Aarhus convention and with the findings of the Aarhus convention compliance committee from 17/03/2017. The way the Aarhus regulation prevents citizens and NGOs to have access to justice concerning environmental matters is a denial of citizens’ democratic rights. PAN Europe regrets that at the last MOP meeting, the European Commission tried to block...

  • WWF SE (Sweden)
    5 June 2018 Environmental organisation
    WWF SE (Sweden)

    WWF SE welcomes the opportunity to comment on the public consultation on the Inception Impact Assessment. Working institutions are fundamental for sustainable development and to bring the Aarhus regulation into full compliance with the Aarhus convention would, besides safeguarding the integrity of European environmental law and access to justice in environmental matters throughout the EU, also contribute to its implementation of Agenda 2030....

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Public consultation

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Feedback period
20 December 2018 - 14 March 2019 (midnight Brussels time)
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Staff working document
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Planned for
Second quarter 2019

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