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The Aarhus Convention

On December 3, 2020, in Aarhus, Legislation, by PeterSilverman
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The Aarhus Convention was set up in 1998 under the auspices of The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

It grants the public rights regarding access to information, public participation and access to justice, in governmental decision-making processes on matters concerning the environment.

It is legally binding for all the States who ratified it including the UK.

Privatized bodies that have public responsibilities or act under the control of public bodies. are subject to it as well as governments.   This would include Highways England.

UNECE’s  Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee investigate complaints of breaches to the Convention. The complainant must first have exhausted the local procedures available to him or her before appealing to the Committee.


Text of the Convention
DECISION I/7 REVIEW OF COMPLIANCE
A Quick Guide to the Aarhus Convention – The power is in your hands
Guide to the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee
The Aarhus Convention – An Implementation Guide
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
Cost for Judicial Reviews falling within scope of the Convention
Wikipedia page

 

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