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Intent and Objectives: Consultation on the Aarhus Convention National Implementation Report 2021


From: Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning
Environment & Resources Authority)
​Published: ​4 September 2020
Running till: ​25 September 2020
​Last Updated: ​4 September 2020

1.        Background​


This consultation focusses on the national implementation report that Malta is required to submit for the period July 2016 – June 2020 as part of its obligations under the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (hereinafter referred to as the Aarhus Convention).

The Aarhus Convention establishes a number of rights for the public (individuals and their associations) with regard to the environment. The Parties to the Aarhus Convention are required to make the necessary provisions so that public authorities (at national, regional or local level) contribute to these rights becoming effective.

2.        Consultation Questions
Article 10 of the Aarhus Convention requires the Meeting of the Parties to keep the implementation of the Convention under continuous review through regular reporting by the Parties. National Reports are required to be prepared through a transparent and consultative process involving the public. To this end, Parties are required to review their earlier report (submitted in 2017) and submit an updated version.

The Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning and the Environment and Resources Authority welcome any feedback on this reporting process and on any issues which may be reflected in the Report.

Please be informed that a further public consultation will be conducted at a later stage, once the revised 2021 National Implementation Report for Malta is drafted.

The Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning and the Environment and Resources Authority shall take into consideration any concerns and comments provided.

For more information on the Aarhus Convention please visit:​

3.        Documents

The information of the 2021 Report will cover the period between July 2016 and June 2020, and the 2021 report will use the same template as the 2017 Report, which may be viewed here.

4.        Submission of input
Submissions must be sent in through email address:​ and received by      25 September 2020.           
We thank you in advance for your input.

Please be informed that submissions will be published on the webpage of this consultation at the end of the scoping phase. The lead Ministry has sole discretion upon the publication of comments.

Received contributions, together with the identity of the contributor, will be published on the Internet, unless the contributor objects to the publication of his/her personal data on the grounds that such publication would harm his/her legitimate interests. In this case the contribution may be published in anonymous form. Otherwise the contribution will not be published nor will, in principle, its content be taken into account.  Any objections concerning the publication of personal data should be sent to the service responsible for the consultation on the following email address:

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In addition, please be aware of:
·         Disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (Chapter 496)
As we are a public authority all documents we hold, including documents related to this public consultation process, may be released following a request to us under the Freedom of Information Act (Chap. 496), unless such request may be subject of an exemption arising from the same Act.​

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