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The Aarhus Convention National Implementation Report 2021


From: Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning
Environment & Resources Authority)
​Published: ​22 September 2021
Running till: ​13 October 2021
​Last Updated: ​14 October 2021

1.        Background​


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) was adopted on 25 June 1998 in Aarhus, Denmark and entered into force on 30 October 2001.

The Aarhus Convention establishes a number of participatory rights for the public with regard to the environment, categorised under three pillars: (1) access to environmental information, (2) public participation in decision making and (3) access to justice.

Malta ratified the Convention in April 2002 and currently, the Environment and Resources Authority holds the role of National Focal Point for the Aarhus Convention in Malta.

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.

For more information on the Aarhus Convention please visit:

2.        Consultation Questions
The draft 2021 National Implementation Report covers the period between July 2016 and June 2020.

This Report was drafted following an initial public consultation exercise conducted in September 2020 by ERA, and following consultations with various public authorities and stakeholders on how the Aarhus provisions have been implemented at national level.

The consolidated draft 2021 Report is hereby being published for the final round of public consultation. The Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning and the Environment and Resources Authority welcome any feedback on this Report which may be reflected therein.​ 

3.        Documents
4.        Submission of input
Submissions were sent in by email to

Submissions were received by 13 October 2021.                               
We thank you for your input.

Data Protection Statement the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act (Chapter 586)

The General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act Chapter 586 regulate the processing of personal data whether held electronically or in manual form. The Ministry for European Affairs and Equality collects only information which is necessary for it to perform its intended functions and is set to fully comply with the Data Protection Principles as set out in the Data Protection Legislation.  Verification of the ID number provided will take place as deemed necessary. All personal data provided will be processed according to the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act (Cap 586).


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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