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As part of the Communicating Europe Initiative, the Environmental Pillar is holding a series of interactive seminars across the country with Irish Members in the European Parliament (MEPs).

The Communicating Europe Initiative (CEI) aims to support projects that will help improve the quality and accessibility of public information on European issues and promote an understanding and awareness of the European Union.  The initiative was established in 1995 and is administered by the Department of the Taoiseach.

The seminars – Right to Know, Right to Act: Your rights as a European Citizen – cover a range of topics around Irish people’s rights as EU citizens.

Each seminar involves an interactive discussion with the MEP present at the event. This provides a great opportunity for members of the public to directly engage with an MEP on environmental issues.

Attendees are also provided with an overview of how they can use European legislation to make requests to Irish and European institutions to access information on the environment, as laid out in the Aarhus Convention which entered into force in Ireland in 2012.

The Aarhus Convention upholds the right of every person to have access to information about the environment, the right to participate in decision-making, and the right of access to justice in environmental matters.

Those attending the seminars are also provided with an introduction to the Environmental Pillar, the Circular Economy, and environmental policy from a European perspective.

The seminars are free to the general public.

Presentations are available below:

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