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Parliamentary questions
6 June 2018
E-002221/2018
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the Commission

Directive 2003/4/EC(1) provides for information being supplied by public authorities either upon request (Article 3) or through active dissemination, in particular by means of electronic technology (Article 7).

Active dissemination should be reached progressively taking into account the human, financial and technical resources involved. The directive obliges Member States to ensure that public authorities make available at least the information mentioned in paragraph 2 of Article 7. For all other items each public authority has a margin of discretion in choosing the information to disclose and its timing. Paragraph 2 includes ‘data or summaries of data derived from the monitoring affecting the environment, or likely to affect the environment’.

In the framework of access upon request, where the applicant considers that his/her request was not dealt with in accordance to the provisions of the directive, he/she can use remedies provided in Article 6 of the directive itself. If dissatisfied, the Commission suggests that the applicant in this case avails of these remedies.

(1)On public access to environmental information and repealing Council Directive 90/313/EEC, OJ L 41, 14.2.2003, p. 26.

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