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The National Report on the Implementation of the Aarhus Convention should be submitted by Armenia until the end of the year

17.03.2016

news_16_03The regular national report on the implementation of the Aarhus Convention on access to environmental information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice (http://www.unece.org/env/pp/guidelines_nir_2017), as well as adjacent to the Convention Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTR) the Parties should submit at best until December 15 of this year.

The deadline will be determined later, about which the Secretariat will inform after clarifying the schedule of the 6th meeting of the Parties to the Convention. About this today the Secretariat of the Aarhus Convention issued a statement detailing the guidelines for the preparation of schedule and content of national reports.
As Armenia has signed but not ratified the PRTR Protocol, as we learned from Nune Hovhannisyan, national coordinator of the Protocol, submission of the National Report is not mandatory for Armenia, so in this regard such a report will not be prepared. According to her, up to now none of the countries not ratified the protocol, has submitted a report
(http://www.unece.org/env/pp/prtr/reporting2017_guidelines.html).

As regards the Aarhus Convention, Armenia became a member to the Convention since 2001 and once every 3 years submits the national report on the implementation of the Convention at the meeting of Parties.
However, since the Convention’s Compliance Committee has made several decisions with regard to Armenia on the non-compliance to the Convention, in fact Armenia is taken under the monitoring and obliged to submit annual reports ( http://www.unece.org/env/pp/ccdocuments.html ).

Mari Chaqryan
Armenian Aarhus Centers Press Officer
E-mail: aarhusnews@gmail.com
Translated by Anush Beybutyan