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5 Oct 2015
Lviv hosted the training for judges-trainers of the course “Human rights and environmental protection”
On 28-30 September 2015, International charitable organization “Environment-People-Law” (EPL) jointly with the National School of Judges of Ukraine at financial support of USAID Fair Justice Project held a training for judges – trainers of the course “Human rights and environmental protection” on the basis of methodological materials developed by EPL.

28 Sep 2015
UK: Green activists worry about government plans to raise cost of legal challenges
Proposals to expose claimants in environmental cases to higher financial liabilities if they lose their cases could deter people from bringing actions, according to the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). The consultation has been launched to update the UK’s responsibilities under the Aarhus convention, which guarantees public participation in decision-making as well as access to information and justice in environmental matters.

15 Sep 2015
Spain: On the declaration of 5 projects of strategic interest to the Canary Islands
Ben Magec-Ecologists in Action claims that law 3/2015, entitling the Canary Islands Government to "streamline project deadlines they themselves decide", violates the right of citizens to a reasonable time frames for their participation in matters related to the environment as granted by the Aarhus Convention

9 Sep 2015
Austria: Fundamental right question to a small power plant
A small hydroelectric power plant is planned in Innervillgraten. Environmentalists invited the Ministry to stop the construction of power plants and are going to petition the European Court of Justice for a preliminary ruling, whether or not the exclusion of environmental organizations from administrative procedures violated a fundamental right under the Aarhus Convention.

7 Sep 2015
Ireland: Transparency switch still off
In a recent ruling the Supreme Court confirmed in the case of the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) vs Commissioner for Environmental Information that NAMA was a public authority for the purposes of the Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) Regulations 2007/2011, which transpose the European Directive and base the definition of environmental information on the Aarhus Convention. Opinion piece by Gavin Sheridan on the ruling.

3 Sep 2015
Spain: Environmental NGOs denounce the government to the EU for not including them in legal aid
Spanish NGOs have announced that they will denounce Spain to EU as access to justice in environmental matters is duty bound since the ratification of the Aarhus Convention by Spain and the European Union which is violated by the Law on Fees and reform of the Law of contentious jurisdiction administrative.

2 Sep 2015
Austria: Sharp criticism of Waste Management Act
Criticism from the organization Green Environment towards the amendment of the Waste Management Act

1 Sep 2015
Serbia: Energy Model - Serbia 2050
Serbia will prepare a National Plan to reduce emissions (National Emission Reduction Plan - Nerpa), which should be submitted to the Energy Community by the end of this year, and hopefully be included in the National Energy Strategy and pass the procedure of public participation provided by the Aarhus Convention.

1 Sep 2015
Belarus: How to equip Belarus
The principle of participation of civil society in decision-making, promoted by the Aarhus Convention, can be a model to several fields of public interest to enhance the quality of decision-making and efficient use of resources.

22 Aug 2015
Kazakhstan: UN Special Rapporteurs’ recommendations form basis for National Human Rights dialogue
During the regular meeting of the Dialogue Platform on Human Dimension,Vadim Ni, chairman of the Kazakh eco-forum of public organisations, spoke regarding the difficulty concerning public access to environmental information. He highlighted the issue for individuals to secure information and advised solving the problem by discussing future industrial projects with the population in advance, in accordance with the Aarhus Convention and with article 163 of the environmental code of Kazakhstan.

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