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ACCC/C/2014/123 European Union

Case status: Findings adopted on 24.05.2017 – No non-compliance found; see para. 9 of Decision VI/8 on general issues of compliance.
Follow-up: -
Topics: Definitions; Public participation; Access to justice.
Articles alleged: 2 (1)–(5); 3 (1)–(4), 3 (8), 3 (9); 9 (3), 9 (4). 
Articles considered by the Committee: 2 (1)–(5); 3 (1)–(4), 3 (8), 3 (9); 9 (3)–(5); 17; 19 (4), 19 (5).
Articles, if any, found in non-compliance: -
Summary: On 17 December 2014, the secretariat of the Convention received a communication from an environmental non-governmental organization, Justice and Environment alleging the failure of the European Union to fully transpose article 9 of the Convention into European Union law. Specifically, the communicant alleged non-compliance of the Party concerned with article 2 (1)–(5), article 3 (1)–(4), (8) and (9), and article 9 (3) and (4) of the Convention.

Documents Status Date received or posted by the secretariat
Communication From the communicant 17.12.2014
Comments on preliminary admissibility From the United Kingdom 20.03.2015
Email to inform parties that communication determined to be preliminary admissible From the secretariat 09.04.2015
Letter to Party concerned enclosing preliminary determination of admissibility and forwarding communication for Party concerned's response  From the secretariat 28.06.2015
Comments on communication From the United Kingdom 25.11.2015
Email enclosing response to communication From the Party concerned 26.11.2015
Comments on the Party concerned's response to the communication and on the comments from the United Kingdom
Annex: Letter from the European Commission to EEB
From the communicant 24.02.2016
Letter to the parties seeking their views on whether a hearing is needed From the secretariat 14.06.2016
Response to the letter from the secretariat From the communicant 20.06.2016
Response to the letter from the secretariat From the Party concerned 20.06.2016
Response to the letter from the secretariat From the United Kingdom 20.06.2016
Letter to the parties inviting final written submissions before the Committee commences its deliberations From the secretariat 27.07.2016
Final written submissions From the Party concerned 02.09.2016

Final written submissions

Annex 1: Letter by the European Commission to EEB (see also annex to communicant's comments dated 24.02.2016)
Annex 2: European Commission communication on roadmap on access to justice

From the communicant 16.09.2016
Letters to Party concerned and communicant enclosing Committee's draft findings for comment From the secretariat 21.03.2017
Comments on the draft findings From the communicant 28.04.2017
Findings ENG FRE RUS