The Forum is involved in the activities of the Aarhus Convention (UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters), especially those of the Task Force on Access to Justice. This includes performing analytical studies on different aspects of the implementation of the Aarhus Convention, developing best practices, further development of the database on Aarhus case law and the preparation of capacity building activities for judges.
Fruzsina Bögös, secretary-general of EUFJE, is a member of the Aarhus Compliance Committee.
Luc Lavrysen, president of EUFJE, chaired the Judicial Colloquium “SDG16: Role of the Judiciary in Promoting the Rule of Law in Environmental Matters” convened by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva from 27-28 February 2019.
Honorary EUFJE member Lord Robert Carnwath represented EUFJE at the 24th meeting of the Aarhus Convention Working Group of the Parties (28-29 October 2020), and National focal points of the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention). He gave a keynote speech on Access to Environmental Justice in the UK.
On 14 October 2020, the European Commission adopted a legislative proposal amending the Aarhus Regulation No. 1367/2006 to allow for better public scrutiny of EU acts affecting the environment. The proposed amendments improve the possibilities to request that the EU institutions review such acts to better ensure environmental protection. The legislative proposal is now with the European Parliament and the Council. The Commission also issued a Communication on improving access to justice in environmental matters in the EU and its Member States.