Norwegians pass freedom of information law
Norway's parliament has approved legislation guaranteeing citizens the right to environmental information on demand, part-implementing the UN's 1998 Århus convention on public involvement in environmental decision-making (EED 30/10/01). The law, which comes into force in 2004, will enable the public "to follow and gain perspective over the development of environmental problems at national and local level", the environment ministry said in a statement. Environment minister Børge Brende said he was particularly pleased with the "active and constructive" participation of the business community on the legislative proposals during consultation (EED 23/09/02). See press release.