Support to civil society

This activity is designed to increase the awareness, understanding and knowledge of CSOs, based on guidance materials and the provision of targeted trainings.

The guidance materials present CSO rights and opportunities, as well as avenues for access to justice according to the Aarhus Convention and the national legislation of the beneficiary countries.

Interactive multi-country trainings will be organised, based on the guidance materials, and will elucidate strategies and methods for using administrative and court procedures and other avenues, as well as overcoming barriers to access to justice.

In addition, the project will assist environmental CSOs in the beneficiary countries to identify problematic cases related to the third pillar of the Aarhus Convention, which will be presented and used in the trainings in the form of case studies.

CSO training in Albania

Environmental CSOs from Kosovo* and Albania gathered in Durres, Albania, on January 24 and 25, 2017, for a training on access to justice. The 25 organisations received comprehensive guidance on using administrative and court procedures and other avenues under the third pillar of the Aarhus Convention and national legislation. Local, regional and other case studies illustrating the most problematic issues related to access to justice in environmental matters were analysed, and major difficulties and gaps in the implementation of access to justice rights in Kosovo* and Albania were discussed.

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CSO training in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

A group of 19 environmental CSOs and judges met in Strumica on February 21 and 22, 2017, for a training on access to justice. The training provided comprehensive guidance on strategies and methods for using administrative and court procedures and other avenues under the third pillar of the Aarhus Convention and national legislation. During the training, local, regional and other relevant case studies illustrating the most problematic issues related to access to justice in environmental matters were analysed, and major difficulties and gaps in the implementation of access to justice rights in the country were discussed.

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