27 November 2019
The event held on the 1st of October was hosted by the Pest County Government Office, the administrative agency that includes the second instance environmental authority in Hungary.
Participants of the training were first and second instance environmental agency staff members, i.e. legal experts who have a first-hand experience in the implementation of environmental laws in Hungary.
The session was opened by Prof. Gyula Bándi, deputy Ombudsman for future generations who focused on a very recent announcement of the Ombudsman Office. Following the landmark decision of the Constitutional Court in 2019 on the role of public administration in ensuring the protection of the environment, the Ombudsman advised public authorities to guarantee procedural safeguards in environmental processes.
Presenters included dr. Gábor Király (BCE University), dr. Sándor Fülöp (NKE University), dr. Fruzsina Bögös (Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee) and dr. Csaba Kiss (EMLA Association), and dr. Zoltán Szurovecz, department leader of the Pest County Government Office.
Access to Justice is a fundamental means through which citizens and NGOs can support the implementation and enforcement of laws and policies to protect the environment. The goal of this ATOJ-EARL project is to achieve “Access to Justice for a Greener Europe”. It strives to enhance access to justice in environmental matters by providing information, training and support for the judiciary, public authorities and lawyers of eight European member states. ClientEarth and Justice and Environment are implementing this project with the financial support of the European Commission’s LIFE instrument.