|The Minister for the Environment Climate and Communications has launched a public consultation as part of the process of updating regulations on Access to Information on the Environment (AIE Regulations).
The Aarhus Convention sets out rules to promote public participation in environmental matters. Over 60 pieces of legislation have been used to implement the Aarhus Convention in Ireland. One such piece of legislation is the AIE Regulations, which oblige public authorities to ensure citizens have access to information on the environment.
The AIE Regulations, amongst other things, provide a definition of environmental information and set out the way in which public authorities must deal with requests for environmental information from the public. They also provide for both an internal review and an appeal procedure in the event that a person is not satisfied with a decision about a request they have made.
This consultation provides the public with an opportunity to comment on the existing AIE Regulations and to input into new regulations which will be introduced to amend the current ones.
The consultation document is available on gov.ie . The closing date for submissions is 5pm, 16 April 2021.
Submissions can be made by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org - or, by post to:
Aarhus, Climate Adaptation and Citizen Engagement Division,
Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications,
A copy of the unofficial consolidation of the Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) Regulations 2007-2018 is available on gov.ie
For more information, please go to the Aarhus Convention page on gov.ie