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Debates and questions

S5W-30263: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 26 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how the proposals in the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill could impact on the implementation of the Aarhus Convention. 

Answered by: Michael Russell 13 July 2020

The proposals to establish new environmental governance arrangements in the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill are relevant to the implementation of the Aarhus Convention. The proposals will allow people freely to bring matters of concern about the implementation of environmental law to the attention of the new, independent governance body, and they will receive information on how these matters are considered and, if relevant, resolved. The intention of the provisions is to replace, with domestic arrangements, the governance role carried out by the European Union institutions until the end of the transition period.