In the EU, citizens have the right to take part in decisions about their environment. EU Member States should provide the public with the opportunity to engage in decisionmaking, such as through public consultations. However, barriers to public participation are numerous and growing in the EU. These restrictions are both dangerous for our democracies and our environment.
This report reveals examples of EU governments failing to deliver on laws that should ensure public participation in environmental decision-making, as well as recommendations and advice on how to better include the public and NGOs in environmental matters.
The conclusions and recommendations should provide insights useful to governments and national authorities, the European Commission, NGOs and concerned citizens.
This report delivers highlights on some key participation barriers in the EU and provides case studies to illustrate this.
‘Power for the people’ is part of a series of reports published under the Implement for LIFE (IFL) project.