The mandate of the Task Force on Access to Information was laid down by the Meeting of the Parties through decision IV/1 (ENG FRE RUS) adopted at its fourth session (Chisinau, 29 June - 1 July 2011). The Task Force on Access to Information continues functioning after being renamed from the Task Force on Electronic Information Tools. At the fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties, the Task Force mandate was renewed for a further period through decision V/1 (ENG FRE RUS; see also document ECE/MP.PP/2014/2/Add.1 ENG FRE RUS) and decision VI/1 (ENG FRE RUS; see also document ECE/MP.PP/2017/2/Add.1 ENG FRE RUS).
The Task Force on Access to Information:
(a) Continues strengthening implementation of the Convention's provisions on access to information, including through promoting exchange of information, experiences, challenges and good practices concerning public access to information on the matter. It also addresses the issue of accessibility of product information and environmental information held by private sector;
(b) Strives to identify capacity-building needs, barriers and solutions;
(c) Continues monitoring and supporting the implementation of the recommendations in decision II/3 (ENG FRE RUS) on electronic information tools and collecting relevant case studies;
(d) Continues monitoring technical developments, and, where appropriate, contribute to other initiatives relevant to electronic access to information, electronic public participation in decision-making and electronic access to justice in environmental matters;
(e) Continues contributing to further development of the Aarhus Clearinghouse for Environmental Democracy and PRTR.net.
The Task Force is led by the Republic of Moldova.
IN FOCUS: The ongoing consultation on the update of the Recommendations on electronic information tools by 18 December 2020. Please click in the following webpage:
Seventh meeting (Online, 16-17 November 2020)
Sixth meeting (Geneva, 2-4 October 2019)
WGP-22 AI thematic session (Geneva, 19-21 June 2018)
Fifth meeting (Geneva, 10-11 October 2016)
Fourth meeting (Geneva, 8-10 December 2015)
Third meeting (Geneva, 3-5 December 2014)
Second meeting (Geneva, 16-17 December 2013)
First meeting (Geneva, 7-8 February 2013)
Information about previous activities of the Task Force on Electronic Information Tools is available here