EPE invited ECE to review the implementation of the ECE Guidelines on Access to Environmental Information and Public Participation in Environmental Decision-making (English, Russian, Français) endorsed by the Ministers at Sofia. Progress in the implementation of the ECE Guidelines on public participation in environmental decision-making was reported (English, Russian, Français) to the Aarhus Conference.
The Ministers at Sofia called for a regional convention on public participation to be drawn up with the involvement of NGOs. In January 1996, the Committee on Environmental Policy established the Ad Hoc Working Group for the preparation of a draft convention on access to environmental information and public participation in environmental decision-making. The Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters was signed at Aarhus by 35 member States and the European Community.