EU public still faces barriers to environmental info, NGO says

Accessing environmental information is still too challenging in many European countries despite EU rules designed to make the process more straightforward, according to green umbrella group the European Environmental Bureau (EEB).

As a signatory to the Aarhus Convention, the EU has adopted numerous pieces of legislation giving citizens the right to access environmental information. However, the report says that gaps remain at an EU-wide and member state level when it comes to obtaining consistent, high quality information at a reasonable cost.

“In principle, environmental information and data should be accessible through one portal that covers all domains in a user-friendly way and is properly maintained, making it a one-stop shop for searching all environmental data,” the EEB states. 

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