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Deep peace of the running wave to you,Deep peace of the flowing air to you,Deep peace of the quiet earth to you,Deep peace of the shining stars to you,Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you,May the road rise to meet you;May the wind always be at your back;May the sun shine warm upon your face;May the rains fall softly upon your fields.Until we meet again,May God hold you in the hollow of His hand. [A Celtic Blessing] The Aarhus Convention has lost one of its most remarkable Knights - Svitlana Kravchenko who left this earthly world on 10…
This is the second edition of the Case Law of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee. It updates the first version from 2008 with new interpretations by the Compliance Committee as well as decisions adopted by Meeting of Parties to the Aarhus Convention. This publication was developed by the European ECO Forum legal team. To read or download this publication, please follow the link.
          European ECO Forum response to the Secretariat paper WGP-12/Inf. 4 concerning elements for the 2012-2014 Workplanat the WGP meeting 1st July 2010 General remarks   The European ECO Forum welcomes the initiative of the Secretariat to launch a discussion on the  2012-2014 Workplan. We regret however that the proposal was sent very late and without earlier notice that this issue would be on the agenda. While we find fair comments in the paper, we have serious concerns with its general orientation. We agree that it is necessary to assess the effectiveness of the Convention's Task Forces as they function now,…
[Geneva, 30 June 2010] – Today in Geneva, during a resumed extraordinary session of the Meeting of the Parties (Ex-MoP) to the Aarhus Convention, a Task Force on Public Participation was established, strengthening the implementation of that Convention. [1] The Aarhus Convention is the most important international legal instrument providing for citizens’ rights on access to environmental information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters. John Hontelez, Secretary General of the European Environmental Bureau and Chair of the Public Participation Campaign said: “For years we have campaigned for this Task Force, as we felt that governments were underestimating the…
An extraordinary meeting of Parties to the Aarhus Convention took place on 19 and 22 April 2010 in Geneva. It was organised back to back with the First meeting of Parties to the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs). Requested by the Government of Norway and supported by more than a third of Parties to the Aarhus Convention, the extraordinary meeting was convened to discuss: 1. the establishment of a Task Force on Public Participation; 2. accession to the Aarhus Convention by non-ECE Member States; 3. the mandate for the Compliance Committee's documentation. Due to a disruption of…
[Geneva, 22 April 2010] – This week in Geneva, the First Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTR MOPP-1) was held. The PRTR Protocol [1] to the Aarhus Convention [2] was adopted in Kyiv in 2003 and entered into force in October 2009. Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs) are a cost effective tool for providing public access to information on releases of pollutants and off-site transfers of pollutants and waste. They exert a significant downward pressure on levels of pollution, as no company will want to be identified as among…
A few days ahead of the Extraordinary Meeting of Parties to the Aarhus Convention in Geneva on 19 April 2010 which should decide on establishment of a Task Force on Public Participation in decision-making, European ECO Forum has published its survey on the Implementation of the Public Participation Pillar of the Aarhus Convention. This report presents and analyses the views of NGOs from 21 countries regarding the Public Participation pillar and was prepared by Michael Ewing and Colm Flood (both Ireland) on the bases of responses received from individual countries. The report concludes that the principles of the second pillar of…
On 10 December 2009 European ECO Forum filed a complaint in Geneva in relation to nuclear power plant construction in Belarus.   The complaint alleges that Belarus citizens get no information and have no possibility to express their opinion about construction of the nuclear power plant in the country.  The complaint was submitted to the Compliance Committee of the Aarhus Convention (Geneva) on behalf of the European ECO Forum Legal Focal Points (a coalition of environmental citizens organizations in Europe). The complaint to the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee related to the construction of the nuclear power plant in Belarus comprises the communication and eight…
European ECO Forum Legal Focal Point filed an Amicus Memorandum under a pending case at the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee. The memorandum raises numerous violations of citizens’ rights due to lack of transparency in taking decision to construct a nuclear power plant in Belarus. Now these issues will be discussed by the compliance committee in Geneva. A day after, public hearings in Belarus on a proposed nuclear power plant were held in a worst Soviet style manner, accompanied by the arrest of a Russian NGO nuclear expert Andrey Ozharovskiy, who came to provide expert support to Belarus NGOs. He was released after 7…
Today, 8 October 2009 marks the entry into force of the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer  Registers (PRTRs) (Kyiv Protocol)adoted during the 5th pan-European Ministerial Conference "Environment for Europe" on 21st May 2003 in Kyiv/Ukraine. Spain has become the 21st Party to the Protocol by ratifying it on 24 September 2009. Pollutant release and transfer registers are inventories of pollutants from industrial sites, but also smaller, widespread sources such as traffic, agriculture and small and medium-sized enterprises. Under the Protocol, facilities will be required to report annually on the amounts of certain pollutants they release to the environment or transfer…

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