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Aarhus Convention
ENVIRONMENT SHOULD MATTER TO EVERYONE

ACCESS TO INFORMATION

The Aarhus Convention strives to improve public awareness of the state of the environment and its impact on human health. According to the Aarhus Convention, everyone is entitled to obtain such information. Pro-active approach of the public administration to providing information in user-intelligible and accessible form of with maximum use of the Internet and electronic media are particularly emphasized.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

The Aarhus Convention is based on the assumption that the informed public wants to express their opinion on environmental matters. The Convention does not stipulate an uniform formula for involving the public, but requires, as a minimum, effective announcing and adequate provision of the required piece of information and introduction of convenient procedures for effective involvement of the public in decision-making and for consideration of their reflections.

ACCESS TO JUSTICE

Access to legal protection in environmental matters means the possibility to contest administrative acts or failures of administrative authorities and individuals with an independent and impartial authority. The Aarhus Convention further divides this entitlement to three areas:

  • court protection of access to information,
  • court protection of public participation,
  • general court protection of the environment.