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On 18 June 2018, the Council requested the Commission to prepare a study on the options for the EU to address the findings of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee (ACCC) and, “if appropriate in view of the outcomes of the study”, a proposal to amend Regulation 1367/2006 (the “Aarhus Regulation”).
On 10 October 2019, the Commission submitted the requested study prepared by an external consultant (the study) to the Council together with a Commission Staff Working Document (the Report).
This paper presents a short synthesis of the extensive study and Commission Report with a focus on the key findings and takeaways. It then concludes with a recommendation on next steps.