Aahus Convention is an important measure of international effect for Lithuania as well2017-09-14
Speaking at a meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention in Budva (Montenegro) today, Minister of Environment Kęstutis Navickas has noted that this Convention is an important instrument for the public to exercise their right to live in a clean and healthy environment and take an active role in decision-making on the environment.
The Minister has stressed that effective safeguards of pubic rights are especially relevant for the countries when implementing nuclear energy projects. For example, the provisions of the Aarhus Convention are among the key tools with international effect on resolving the problems related to the project and construction of the Astravets Nuclear Power Plant. Our country has filed a motivated complaint about the breach of this Convention by Belarus. At present, the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee is dealing with three cases on Belarus’ actions in relation to the Astravets Nuclear Power Plant.
Kęstutis Navickas, together with his counterparts from other countries participating in today’s high-level meeting, will sign the Budva Declaration which outlines the challenges presently faced by the public.
The meeting in Budva is already the sixth meeting of the Parties to the Convention of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters, referred to as the Aarhus Convention. Such meetings are the main governing body of the Convention, and take place every three years.
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