The meaning of citizens rights for climate change decision-making
Promovendus: Mw. S.A. Nóbrega
Promotores: Mw. Dr. M.G.W.M. Peeters, Mw. Dr. M. Eliantonio
Duur: 1/7/2015 - 30/4/2018
Climate change is one of the most pressing environmental problems of our times and the European Union (EU), in response to its international commitments under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, has adopted a diverse climate change policy to reduce greenhouse gases emissions produced by its member states. The EU and all its Member States are at the same time parties to the Aarhus Convention (AC) which guarantees procedural rights in all kinds of environmental matters. As a consequence, measures adopted under the EU climate change policy are also covered by the scope of the AC, but the legal implications this has on policy implementation is not yet well understood. This PhD project intends to investigate how access to environmental information and public participation requirements to governmental decision-making in the field of EU Climate Law are guaranteed to citizens. More precisely, it examines the measures adopted by the EU to meet climate and energy targets for 2020 in view of: (i) how these procedural rights are applied at the EU level and may give rise to legal problems; (ii) and to what extent these procedural rights as provided by the Aarhus Convention are applicable in this field.