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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)PDF
List of speakersPDF
Report of the fourth meeting (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2016/3)PDFPDFPDF
Key outcomes of the meeting (AC/TF.AI-4/Inf.5)PDF
List of participantsPDF
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)PDF
Overview of case law on access to environmental information (AC/TF.AI-4/Inf.2)PDF
OHCHR Information note “Right to information on hazardous substances and wastes” (the full report available in English, French and Russian here)PDF
Statement by the United KingdomPDF
Item 2. Environmental information: improving public access
Charges for supplying environmental information: implementation outlook (AC/TF.AI-4/Inf.4)PDF
Item 3. The application of certain restrictions on access to environmental information in accordance with the Convention's provisions
Statement by BulgariaPDF
Statement by Justice and EnvironmentPDF
Item 4. Effective dissemination of environmental information
Decision II/3. Recommendations of the Meeting of the Parties on electronic information toolsPDFPDFPDF
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 WastesPDF
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 PDF
Mr. Marko Van der Voort, the Netherlands PDF
Ms. Piera Laloux, European Investment Bank PDF
Ms. Mara Silina, European ECO Forum PDF
(b) Quality of environmental information
Mr. Nick Teall, United Kingdom PDF
Ms. Tamara Malkova, NGO “Green Dossier”PDF
(c) Associated costs
Mr. Adrian Panciuc, Republic of Moldova PDF
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, AlbaniaPDF
Ms. Elena Dumitru, RomaniaPDF
Mr. Adam Foldes, Transparency International (prezzi presentation)ZIP
(b) Material in the course of completion or internal communication
Ms. Salome Sidler, Switzerland PDF
(c) Commercial and industrial information, intellectual property rights and interests of a third party
Mr. Thomas Schomerus, Leuphana University, Germany PDF
(d) The environment to which information relates
Mr. Daniele Franzone, European CommissionPDF
(e) Ensuring the legitimate application of the restrictions
Ms. Tina Janjatovic, Serbia PDF
Item 4 - Effective dissemination of environmental information
Ms. Tatiana Tökölyová and Ms. Petra Horvathova, Slovakia PDF
Mr. Rudolf Legat, Austria PDF
Mr. Stefan Jensen, European Environmental Agency (via video-link)PDF
Ms. Magdalena A K Muir, Coastal and Marine UnionPDF
Item 5 - Priority areas for action on emerging and systemic issues
Mr. Michael Nagy, UNECE Statistical DivisionPDF
Mr. Rudolf Legat, Austria (on behalf of Mr. Johannes Mayer)PDF
Item 6 - Activities under other international forums
Mr. Pierre Bourdon, OECD Nuclear Energy AgencyPDF
Ms Katherine Anderson, GEO Secretariat PDF
Ms. Virginia Fuse, UNECE Environment Division (THE PEP secretariat) PDF