Since Ireland became subject to the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee (ACCC)
non-compliance mechanism in December 2013, nine non-compliance cases concerning Ireland have been accepted for consideration by the ACCC. Two were deemed not admissible. All were initiated by communications from the public. Findings in the three cases below were brought to the 7th Meeting of the Parties (MOP) in October 2021 for endorsement. This is the first time that Ireland has had non-compliance findings at the MOP.
In paragraph 5 (a) of decision VII/8i concerning Ireland’s compliance, the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention has requested that Ireland submits to the Committee by 1 July 2022 a plan of action, including a time schedule, addressing the recommendations contained in that decision.
To assist Parties in the preparation of their plan of action, the ACCC held an open session at its seventy-third meeting (13-16 December 2021) to provide guidance and to answer any questions Parties had regarding the form and content of their plan of action.
In light of the questions received at the open session, the ACCC prepared a sample template to assist each Party concerned in preparing its plan of action, including a template for Ireland.
Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications
We are committed to engaging with stakeholders in a clear, open and transparent manner. Any person or organisation can make a submission in relation to this consultation. All submissions and feedback will be considered before the final version of the Plan of Action is published.
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