Earlier this year, the Environmental Pillar held a series of interactive seminars across the country with Irish Members in the European Parliament (MEPs).
The seminars – Right to Know, Right to Act: Your rights as a European Citizen – covered a range of topics around Irish people’s rights as EU citizens.
Each seminar involved 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 were 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 were also provided with an introduction to the Environmental Pillar, the Circular Economy, and environmental policy from a European perspective.
The seminars were free to the general public and held in conjunction with The Wheel and the European Anti-Poverty Network. The project was funded by the European Parliament.
A Final report on the overall project was prepared by The Wheel:
Presentations are available below: