On January 1, 2021, Portugal took over the EU Council Presidency from Germany. Now, there is much to be done to drive forward a green and socially just transformation of Europe! This also means that civil society (organisations) on the EU level must be involved in environmental policy processes, i.e. they must be informed, be able to effectively contribute their own ideas, and also have the opportunity to take legal action. The Aarhus Convention adopted by the European Union lays the foundations for this. However, citizens or environmental NGOs are still facing enormous challenges when they want to participate in the European legislative process or want to have environmental decisions by EU institutions reviewed by courts.

We would like to discuss with you and other representatives of European environmental NGOs as well as legal experts how effective public participation and access to justice on the European Union level could look like. First, we will offer an insight into the current law-making process around the new Draft Aarhus Regulation, especially the recommendations by the UN Aarhus Compliance Committee. Second, we will further discuss the challenges citizens and NGOs face when they want to participate in the political and legislative process at the EU level. By identifying the shortcomings of past and current public consultations in the environmental field, we want to develop ideas on how civil society can effectively participate in European law-making.

Date: March, 24th, 2021
Time: 11.00 till 14.30 (CET)
Location: Digital

You can download the full programme here: 4th Aarhus Workshop.

Participation at the Workshop is free of charge. Please register by March 23, 2021, and via the form field! You will receive the link to the online workshop in time before the event.

You can reach the contact person of the UfU under the following e-mail address: kathleen.pauleweit@ufu.de.

Further information on the project can be found at: https://www.ufu.de/en/projekt/eu-aarko/

All Aarhus Workshop around the Aarhus Convention at EU level are financially supported by the German Environment Agency (UBA) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety within the framework of the sponsorship of environmental associations.