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Parliamentary questions
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11 June 2019
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001748/2019

The Commission took note of the judgments of the General Court of 7 March 2019 concerning the interpretation of Regulation (EC) No 1367/2006 (Aarhus Regulation) as regards the notion of emissions into the environment, contained in Article 6(1) of this regulation(1). The Commission applies the provisions of the Aarhus Regulation in line with the case law of the EU Courts concerning access to document-requests related to environmental information.

The Commission has taken important steps towards increasing transparency, through proposed legislative changes to increase the transparency and sustainability of EU risk assessment in the food chain(2). Further to these proposed legislative changes, now agreed by the European Parliament and Council, all studies supporting requests for a scientific output in the area of the food chain will be proactively disclosed to the public. The rights on access to documents are unaffected by the abovementioned provisions.

(1)Regulation (EC) No 1367/2006 on the application of the provisions of the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Maters to Community institutions and Bodies, OJ L 264, 25.9.2006, p. 13.
(2)Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain amending Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 [on general food law], Directive 2001/18/EC [on the deliberate release into the environment of Genetically Modified Organisms], Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 [on Genetically Modified food and feed], Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 [on feed additives], Regulation (EC) No 2065/2003 [on smoke flavourings], Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 [on food contact materials], Regulation (EC) No 1331/2008 [on the common authorisation procedure for food additives, food enzymes and food flavourings], Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 [on plant protection products] and Regulation (EU) No 2015/2283 [on novel foods], COM(2018) 179, dated 11.4.2018.

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