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Lithuania applies to the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee regarding Astravas NPP

2014-08-29

In its role of representing the Lithuanian state, the Ministry of Environment applied to the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee asking for permission to become an observer in the case addressing whether the provisions of the Belarusian national legislation and applied practice comply with the provisions of this Convention as regards the Astravas nuclear power plant project.

The UN Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters adopted in the Danish city of Aarhus, usually known as the Aarhus Convention, provides that “In order to contribute to the protection of the right of every person of present and future generations to live in an environment adequate to his or her health and well-being, each Party shall guarantee the rights of access to information, public participation in decision-making, and access to justice in environmental matters”. The states also undertake to collect and disseminate environmental information, make it accessible to the public, communicate environment-related decisions and enable all willing to participate in the decision-making process
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The participation of Lithuania’s representatives in the compliance procedure as observers is expected to facilitate collection of complete and unbiased information about the current Astravas nuclear power plant project and to examine it.

Public information division
29/08/2014

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