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EVENT in Armenia: On November 20, a discussion will be held in the Yerevan Aarhus Center on the progress review of the implementation of decision V/9a on compliance by Armenia with its obligations under the Aarhus Convention. Great interest and concern has arisen among the NGOs, mass media and other interested parties on the conclusion submitted to the Government of Armenia on the implementation of decision v/9a of the Meeting of the Parties on compliance by Armenia with its obligations under the Aarhus Convention. Many people immediately apply to the Aarhus Centers to get explanations and information on the seriousness of the issue. Environmental non-governmental organizations attach much importance to the proper implementation of the requirements of the Convention in Armenia. Environmental Public Alliance, the Aarhus Centers in Armenia have repeatedly appealed to the Prime Minister of the Republic Armenia and the relevant fractions of the National Assembly on non-compliance of the legislation with the provisions of the Convention. They have raised the issue of lack public participation in decision-making process. Even the Ombudsman has noted in his annual report (2015) a non-compliance of the new environmental impact assessment law with the Compliance Committee decisions on Armenia.
Given this fact and various comments in relation to this issue the Aarhus Centres in Armenia have initiated a discussion with all interested parties, which will be held in Yerevan Aarhus Center, on November 20, at 16:00.
Sweden: Supreme Court (Högsta domstolen) - Taggen Vindpark case, case n° NJA 2012 s. 921 - Summary with a link to the judgement. Criteria for ENGO standing –The criteria in law for ENGO standing must be read generously in order to meet with the international obligations on access to justice in environmental matters.
Key words: Public concerned, individuals’ standing, ENGO standing, wind farm, permit, criteria for standing
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Sweden: Land and Environmental Court of Appeal (Mark - och miljööverdomstolen) - case 16:13 MB (Environmental Code), case n°MÖD 2012:47 and MÖD 2012:48 - Summary with a link to the judgement. Criteria for ENGO standing - The criteria in law for ENGO standing must be read generously in order to meet with the international obligations on access to justice in environmental matters.
Key words: Public concerned, ENGO standing, fixed criteria, effective justice English | Swedish
Hungary: Supreme Court (Legfelsőbb Bíróság) - Tubes Hill case, Case n°Kfv.IV.37.629/2009/70 - Summary with a link to the judgement. Public access to information in decision-making procedure on specific activities serving national defence purposes.
Key words: Standing, right to bring an action, exclusion of private persons from the action, access to environmental information, environmental impact assessment, scope of review, decision-making on activities serving national defence purposes English | Hungarian
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EVENT: A joint European Commission and Make it Work workshop on monitoring and reporting, Brussels, 19-20 November 2015. A joint European Commission and Make it Work workshop will be held on 19-20 November 2015 in Brussels (Maison des Associations Internationales, Rue Washington 40 / Washingtonstraat 40) to discuss principles for smart monitoring and reporting. Information concerning this workshop is provided through url above.
To provide some background, information is essential to developing, implementing and evaluating environmental legislation. However, collecting information (monitoring) and transferring information (reporting) often require substantial efforts. Both are clearly set out in the context of the Better Regulation policy of the Commission. The Commission and the Member States active in the Make it Work project are keen to identify opportunities for ensuring monitoring and reporting provides the correct information in the most resource efficient way. A joint Commission and Make it Work workshop in November 2015 aims to contribute to establishing principles for smart monitoring and reporting. These principles will feed into ongoing and future work on reviewing existing monitoring and reporting.
Note: 'Monitoring' is understood here to refer to the collection of data, facts or evidence for the purposes of meeting reporting obligations defined under EU environmental law. English
Ukraine: Environment People Law (EPL) launched a register of court decisions on environmental matters. “Environment-People-Law” is an organization of practical lawyers in the field of the protection of environmental rights of citizens and the environment.
This organization created a register of court decisions of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, higher specialized, appellate and local courts – court decisions and resolutions in civil, economic and administrative cases initiated by civil society institutes, individuals and groups of people for the benefit of environment and society which will surely become a valuable source of information for development of strategies and tactics of handling other court processes in similar legal proceedings.
The register is located at the link http://caselawepl.org.ua and is accessible for unlimited use 24 hours a days.
In particular, the register includes only decisions that are related to environmental protection and enables the public to do a thematic search for court decisions. In addition, when a case is uploaded into the register, links are created between cases of various instances so that by choosing one decision one can see all the other decisions related to the same case.
Key words: Register, court decisions, access to information, access to justice English | Ukrainian
Sweden - Land and Environmental Court of Appeal (Mark - och miljööverdomstolen) - Public support case, Case N° 8662-14 - Summary with a link to the judgement. Criteria for ENGO standing - The criteria in law for ENGO standing must be read generously order to comply with the international obligations on access to justice in environmental matters.
Key words: Public concerned, ENGO standing fixed criteria, effective justice, public support English | Swedish
Sweden - Land and Environmental Court of Appeal (Mark - och miljööverdomstolen) - Simrishamn case - Summary with a link to the judgement. Standing for individuals - Individuals must have the possibility to challenge each step in environmental proceedings which are decisive in the decision-making, even on issues that relate merely to public interests.
Key words: Public concerned, individuals' standing, public and private interests, protected norm theory English | Swedish
Sweden - Supreme Administrative Court - Änok case - Summary with a link to the judgement. Standing of environmental non-governmental organizations – Procedural law shall be interpreted in order to give the public concerned broad opportunities to challenge in court decisions on forestry.
Key words: Public concerned, ENGO standing, effective justice, standing rules, forestry, significant effect on the environment, environmental decision English | Swedish
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