EU urged to aim higher in Århus implementation

NGOs call for urgent ratification, more ambitious approach to public participation convention

The European Eco-forum, a network of more than 200 green groups from all over Europe, has urged the EU to comply with the spirit as well as the letter of the Århus convention on access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters.

Speaking at the first meeting of parties to the convention in Lucca, Italy, this week, Eco-forum's chair John Hontelez said: "We must celebrate the achievement of this convention, but serious problems still remain, both in the letter of the law and in its implementation." In particular, Eco-forum is urging parties and signatories "to go beyond the minimum standards set forth in the convention whenever possible".

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