Proposal for a Regulation on amending Regulation (EC) No 1367/2006 on the application of the provisions of the Aarhus Convention

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Series Details COM (2020) 642
Publication Date 14/10/2020
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Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 14 October 2020, introducing a number of amendments to Regulation (EC) No 1367/2006, concerning the application of the provisions of the so-called Aarhus Convention.

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Regulation (EC) No 1367/2006 - also known as Aarhus Regulation - sets out how the European Union (EU) and its Member States implement to their institutions and bodies the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters. This proposal aims to allow for better public scrutiny of EU acts affecting the environment. The proposed amendments aim to make it easier to request that the EU institutions review such acts to better ensure environmental protection.

This initiative was tabled on 14 October 2020 by the European Commission. The Council of the European Union adopted its general approach at a meeting on 17 December.

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Commentary and Analysis
EEB: News, 14/10/2020: Commission proposal to strengthen access to justice tackles main obstacle but falls short overall
White&Case: Alert, 27/10/2020: EU moves to expand rights for environmental NGOs to challenge acts on environmental grounds
European Law Blog, 04/11/2020: Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in the EU Legal Order – Too little too late?
ClientEarth, 06/11/2020: The Aarhus Regulation Amendment: Cause for cautious celebration
EEB: Letter to Environmental Ministers regarding the Commission’s proposal on the Aarhus Regulation (19 November 2020)
EEB: Letter to President Ursula von der Leyen on revision of Aarhus Regulation (27 January 2021)
EPRS: Briefing, February 2021: Access to justice in environmental matters: Amending the Aarhus Regulation

European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on Environment: access to information and justice, public participation, application of the Arhus Convention - Procedure File No 2020/0289(COD)
European Commission: DG Environment: Aarhus Convention
European Parliament: Legislative Train Schedule: Proposal of amending the Aarhus Regulation on Access to Justice in Environmental Matters
European Commission: DG Environment: News, 14/10/2020: Commission proposes to improve public scrutiny of EU acts related to the environment
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 17/12/2020: Council reaches agreement on improving access to justice in environmental matters

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