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Fifty-fourth Compliance Committee meeting under the Aarhus Convention will be the last opportunity for Armenia to meet requirements of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee’s decisions

15.09.2016

aarhusnews_15_09_1On September 27 – 30, 2016 the Fifty-fourth meeting of the Compliance Committee under the Aarhus Convention will be held in Geneva.

The meeting agenda is comprehensive: the Committee will consider the implementation of suitability of the decisions from V/9a to V/9n, preliminary admissibility of new communications, preparation of the revised guidelines of the Compliance Committee, findings on the draft and other issues.
On September 28, the Committee will consider the steps of several Parties to the Convention, including Armenia, made towards the submitted recommendations and requests. (http://www.unece.org/env/pp/ccdocuments.html ).

Since 2006 the Committee has made a number of decisions, giving specific instructions to Armenia regarding the requirements of the Convention and particularly introducing the pillars of the Convention into the national legislation.

In the upcoming session, the Compliance Committee will consider the steps taken towards the decision V/9a relating to Armenia, adopted on July 1, 2014.

In that decision the Committee reminds the Party concerned that all measures necessary to implement decision V/9a must be completed by, and reported upon in, the Party’s final progress report due on 31 October 2016 as that progress report will be the final opportunity for the Party concerned to demonstrate to the Committee that it has fully met the requirements of the decision.
(http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/env/pp/mop5/Documents/Post_session_docs/Decision_excerpts_in__Russian/Decision_V_9a_on_compliance_by_Armenia_rus.pdf ).

The Committee specifically referred to the adoption of the new law on “Environmental Impact Assessment and expertise”, its content as well as the preparation of the draft of the Government Resolution on “Procedure of holding public notification and discussions” and asked to provide the Committee with English translations of the drafts of the abovementioned laws in advance of their adoption, to examine whether those include the recommendations and observations of the previous decisions of the Compliance Committee to comply the national legislation with the Aarhus Convention.

With respect to the decision and the reviews of the first implementation progress of the decision V/ 9a (http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/env/pp/compliance/MoP5decisions/V.9a_Armenia/First_progress_review_on_V.9a_Armenia.pdf ) and the second (April 8, 2016, http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/env/pp/compliance/MoP5decisions/V.9a_Armenia/ToPartyV9a_Second_progress_review_on_V.9a_Armenia.pdf ) the Compliance Committee also discussed the draft law “On Nongovernmental Organizations” and the amendments to the Administrative Procedure Code , pointing out that in its final version have been removed the provisions concerning the legal status of NGOs originally included expressing concern that the Party concerned still has to work in terms of achieving full compliance with the Aarhus Convention.

In response to the second review, Mr. Arsen Mkrtchyan, the first deputy Minister of Justice stated that the Ministry of Justice has developed a draft law, according to which the environmental NGOs, are entitled to apply to the courts in respect of matters relating to the environment and to protect the rights of the parties concerned and the legitimate interests and that the package of amendments will be presented soon to the National Assembly.

(http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/env/pp/compliance/MoP5decisions/V.9a_Armenia/frmPartyV9a_update_22.07.2016.pdf):

Anush Beybutyan
Mari Chakryan
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