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Sofia Guidelines of 1995  
The Convention builds upon the Sofia Guidelines endorsed at the Third Ministerial Conference "Environment for Europe" in Sofia, Bulgaria, 1995.

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Texts from the Committee on Environmental Policy  
At its special session on 17 January 1996, the CEP decided to establish 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 Committee agreed on a mandate of the Working Group on the understanding that the Committee could give further guidance during the course of the work, if necessary, and decided to annex it to the report on the session (annex I).

The full text of the report on the special session of the CEP:

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The Mandate of the Ad Hoc Working Group:

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Reports on the meetings of the Ad Hoc Working Group
The Working Group met over ten session from June 1996 to March 1998. On this web site you will find the official reports on the ten negotiation sessions in the three official UNECE languages.
Reports on the negotiations of the Convention.

Resolution on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters, adopted in Aarhus on 25 June 1998 - English only

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