States move to apply Århus to EU institutions

Environment council seeks to lower hurdles for green groups to challenge European rules

A draft EU regulation on applying the UN's Århus convention on public access to environmental justice and information to EU institutions won ministerial backing at Monday's environment council.

Ministers reached political agreement on both the regulation and a related decision (EED 28/10/03), which together pave the way for the Commission to ratify Århus on behalf of the EU next year. Key changes made by ministers centred on the convention's third pillar, intended to make it easier for NGOs to challenge EU environmental decisions.

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