Overview/Organigram of bodies

The Meeting of the Parties to the Espoo Convention (symbol ECE/MP.EIA) and the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on SEA (symbol ECE/MP.EIA/SEA) are supported by the following bodies:

Working Group on EIA and SEA (symbol ECE/MP.EIA/WG.2) replaced the Working Group on EIA (symbol ECE/MP.EIA/WG.1) at the fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention (Convention decision V/5, Protocol decision I/5). The new Working Group was established to assist in implementing the Convention and the Protocol and in managing the workplan

Implementation Committee (symbol ECE/MP.EIA/IC, previously MP.EIA/WG.1), established by the Meeting of the Parties to review compliance by the Parties with their obligations under the Convention with a view to assisting them fully to meet their commitments. The mandate was later extended to include the Protocol (Convention decision V/6, Protocol decision I/6)

Bureau

Secretariat

The inquiry commission is not a permanent body, but is established at the request of a Party through the inquiry procedure (art. 3.7 and appendix IV).

In addition:

The Meeting of the Signatories to the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment (symbol ECE/MP.EIA/AC.3) was established by the extraordinary meeting of the Parties to the Convention (Kyiv): (a) to identify activities that needed to be undertaken pending the entry into force of the Protocol; (b) to report on progress made in respect of the ratification of the Protocol to the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention; and (c) to prepare for the first meeting of the Parties to the Convention serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol.

An ad hoc Group on Amendments (symbol MP.EIA/AC.2) met in March 2003 to discuss possible future amendments to the Convention on the basis of an informal document presented at the 5th meting of the Working Group on EIA; their report was presented at the 6th meeting of the Working Group.

November 2003 and January 2004 preparatory meetings for the first meeting of the Signatories to the Protocol (shared the same symbol as the Meeting of the Signatories: ECE/MP.EIA/AC.3).

The ad hoc Working Group on the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment (symbol MP.EIA/AC.1) met eight times between May 2001 and January 2003.

The Meeting of the Signatories to the Convention (ENVWA/WG.3, later CEP/WG.3) met from Adoption and Signature in 1991 until November 1996. Documents may be found on the United Nations Official Documents System .