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Support of the guidance by the European ECO-Forum

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Pan-European Coalition of Environmental Citizens Organisations

EUROPEAN ECO-FORUM

Ref. Nr. 0900-27/1

AGENDA FOR KIEV 2002 THE VIEW OF THE
EUROPEAN ECOFORUM
Adopted by the Plenary of the European EcoForum
16 September 2000, Kiev, Ukraine

Representatives of 104 environmental citizens' organisations (ECOs) based in 33 pan-European countries met from 14 to 16 September in Kiev, Ukraine to prepare for the next step in the "Environment for Europe" (EfE) Ministerial Conference, in 2002. This coalition, known as the European EcoForum, has formed a number of working groups to follow specific issues. The aim of the European EcoForum is to promote an active and constructive role for ECOs in the preparations for Kiev. We believe that our ongoing involvement in the "Environment for Europe" process has had a substantial and positive impact on the outcomes of this process. (...)
The ECOs consider the following key issues to be absolutely necessary for the Kiev Ministerial Agenda.
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C.2. Participation in Environmental Decision-making in Issues of Transboundary Importance
The public must have the right to participate in environmental decision-making, including in transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment, without discrimination as to citizenship or residence. The EcoForum therefore supports "the Guidance on public participation in EIA in a transboundary context", developed according to a Decision of the First Meeting of the Parties of the UN/ECE EIA Convention, with participation of representatives of national and international NGOs, including EcoForum.


Victoria Elias,
The Chair of the European ECO-Forum Co-ordination Board