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Fourth meeting of the Task Force on Access to Information under the Aarhus Convention

8 - 10 December 2015

Geneva, Switzerland, Palais des Nations, Salle XI

The fourth meeting of the Task Force on Access to Information  under the Aarhus Convention  took place from 8 to 10 December 2015 in Geneva (Palais des Nations, Salle XI).

At the meeting, delegates continued the exchange of information, experiences, challenges and good practices, as well as the discussion on possible further developments regarding public access to environmental information. The meeting focused on the scope of information, its quality and associated costs, the application of certain restrictions on access to environmental information, dissemination of environmental information through electronic information tools and the further development of the Aarhus Clearinghouse and national nodes. The agreed outcomes of the meeting can be found in document AC/TF.AI-4/Inf.5 below.

The background material for the meeting included relevant information derived from 2014 national implementation reports  and the synthesis report  as well as the Implementation Guide, relevant Compliance Committee findings of a systemic nature  and jurisprudence database. The Task Force on Access to Information continues its work based on the outputs of the previous meetings.

Reed more about the meeting here.

 

 

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Provisional Agenda (AC/TF.AI-4/Inf.1)

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List of speakers

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Report of the fourth meeting (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2016/3)

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Key outcomes of the meeting (AC/TF.AI-4/Inf.5)

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List of participants

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Documents relevant to all agenda items

Findings of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee of a systemic nature on access to environmental information (AC/TF.AI-3/Inf.2)

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Overview of case law on access to environmental information (AC/TF.AI-4/Inf.2)

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OHCHR Information note “Right to information on hazardous substances and wastes” (the full report available in English, French and Russian here)

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Statement by the United Kingdom

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Item 2. Environmental information: improving public access

Charges for supplying environmental information: implementation outlook (AC/TF.AI-4/Inf.4)

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Item 3. The application of certain restrictions on access to environmental information in accordance with the Convention's provisions

Statement by Bulgaria

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Statement by Justice and Environment

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Item 4. Effective dissemination of environmental information

Decision II/3. Recommendations of the Meeting of the Parties on electronic information tools

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Draft questionnaire to monitor the implementation of Recommendations in Decision II/3 (AC/TF.AI-4/Inf.3) (in track changes to the 2013 questionnaire 
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International Open Data Charter

Item 5. Priority areas for action on emerging and systemic issues

GA Resolution A/RES/70/1 "Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" (document is available in English, French and Russian)

 

 

 

Statements and Presentations

 

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Mr. Baskut Tuncak, Special Rapporteur to the Human Rights Council on Human Rights and Hazardous Substances and Wastes

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Item 2 - Environmental information: improving public access

(a) Scope of environmental information and its provision by different public authorities

Mr. Diarmuid Goulding, Office of the Commission for Environmental Information, Ireland

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Mr. Marko Van der Voort, the Netherlands

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Ms. Piera Laloux, European Investment Bank

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Ms. Mara Silina, European ECO Forum

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(b) Quality of environmental information

Mr. Nick Teall, United Kingdom

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Ms. Tamara Malkova, NGO “Green Dossier”

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(c) Associated costs

Mr. Adrian Panciuc, Republic of Moldova

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Item 3 - The application of certain restrictions on access to environmental information in accordance with the Convention’s provisions

(a) Proceedings of public authorities, international relations, national defence, public security and the course of justice

Ms. Enkelejda Malaj, Albania

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Ms. Elena Dumitru, Romania

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Mr. Adam Foldes, Transparency International (prezzi presentation)

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(b) Material in the course of completion or internal communication

Ms. Salome Sidler, Switzerland

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(c) Commercial and industrial information, intellectual property rights and interests of a third party

Mr. Thomas Schomerus, Leuphana University, Germany

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(d) The environment to which information relates

Mr. Daniele Franzone, European Commission

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(e) Ensuring the legitimate application of the restrictions

Ms. Tina Janjatovic, Serbia

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Item 4 - Effective dissemination of environmental information

Ms. Tatiana Tökölyová and Ms. Petra Horvathova, Slovakia

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Mr. Rudolf Legat, Austria

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Mr. Stefan Jensen, European Environmental Agency (via video-link)

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Ms. Magdalena A K Muir, Coastal and Marine Union

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Item 5 - Priority areas for action on emerging and systemic issues

Mr. Michael Nagy, UNECE Statistical Division

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Mr. Rudolf Legat, Austria (on behalf of Mr. Johannes Mayer)

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Item 6 - Activities under other international forums

Mr. Pierre Bourdon, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency

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Ms Katherine Anderson, GEO Secretariat

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Ms. Virginia Fuse, UNECE Environment Division (THE PEP secretariat)

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