Article 8 of the Convention (Bilateral and Multilateral Co-operation) states "The Parties may continue existing or enter into new bilateral or multilateral agreements or other arrangements in order to implement their obligations under this Convention. Such agreements or other arrangements may be based on the elements listed in Appendix VI" (Elements for Bilateral and Multilateral Co-operation).
Guidance on the Practical Application of the Espoo Convention, adopted in June 2004
Regarding bilateral and multilateral agreements, the Guidance notes that there are many issues that can be agreed upon in advance by Parties that expect to have transboundary assessments on a regular basis. The Convention provides a legal basis for agreements (Article 2, para. 2, and Article 8). Appendix VI to the Convention contains elements for such agreements. These agreements are not a precondition for the application or ratification of the Convention but should be seen as a way of achieving effective application.
See also :
Bilateral and Multilateral Cooperation on EIA in a Transboundary Context (1995 report, CEP/WG.3/R.4), UNECE
Multilateral Environmental Agreement Negotiator's Handbook, UNEP et al
Review of Transboundary EIA provisions and initiatives in selected Regional and Multilateral Environmental Agreements, as presented to the 9th meeting of the Working Group on EIA
Examples of specific agreements
Draft Multilateral agreement among the countries of South-East Europe for implementation of the Convention (ECE/MP.EIA/WG.1/2007/10)
- further information on the "Bucharest Agreement"
Austria-Slovakia bilateral agreement
Agreement between Estonia and Latvia on transboundary EIA (1997)
Agreement between Estonia and Finland on transboundary EIA (2002)
Description of an outline agreement between Italy and Croatia
Common Declaration on transboundary EIA and SEA between the Netherlands and Germany (2013)
Germany-Poland bilateral agreement, April 2006 (in force from 6 July 2007)
- as published in 2007
Agreement between Poland & Lithuania on transboundary EIA
Regional seas agreements
The regional seas agreements often have provisions relating to transboundary EIA, though often only at a general level, for example:
Convention for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea against Pollution, Barcelona, 9 February 1976 (see particularly art. 4, para. 3(c)-(d)) - Secretariat: UNEP (Regional Seas Programme)
Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area, Helsinki, 9 April 1992 (see particularly article 7) - Governing Body: Helsinki Commission (HELCOM)
Convention on the Protection of the Black Sea against Pollution, Bucharest, 21 April 1992 - Permanent Secretariat: Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution (Black Sea Commission)
Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea, Teheran, November 2003 (see particularly art. 17, paras. 4-6) - Interim Secretariat: UNEP (Regional Seas Programme)