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Lithuania congratulated on compliance of its legislation with Aarhus Convention

2011-07-07

As a result of a constructive approach and specific actions taken by Lithuania, its national law and practice is in compliance with the provisions of the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Such an opinion was expressed by the Supervisory Committee of this international treaty commonly known as the Aarhus Convention at the fourth meeting of representatives of the parties to the Aarhus Convention held in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, at the end of last week. The Committee congratulated Lithuania on elimination of all legal inconsistencies.

Agnė Murauskaitė, the head of the Law Application Division of the Law and Personnel Department of the Ministry of Environment, said at the meeting that the third meeting of representatives of the parties to the Aarhus Convention in June 2008 had decided that some Lithuanian legal acts did not comply with the provisions of this Convention. Therefore, an Action Plan to Correct Deficiencies was drawn up. The Government approved it in August 2009. Upon implementing this plan, all major inconsistencies between national legislation and the Aarhus Convention have been eliminated.

Each person’s right of access to environmental information is supported in an effort to achieve the objective of a clean environment for all set out in the Aarhus Convention. The right to know, the right to participate and the right to access justice are the main pillars of this Convention. It establishes the public right to get environmental information from public authorities, participate in decision-making procedures as well as present their proposals and defend their violated rights at independent and impartial institutions.

This international document was signed by 35 countries, including Lithuania, in Aarhus, Denmark, on 25 June 1998. The Convention has been signed by 44 countries to date. Meetings of their representatives are held once in two or three years in order to assess progress made and exchange information on the actions of each country.

Information of the Ministry of Environment, tel. 266 3660

07 July 2011


Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas