Law 19/2006 on access to environmental information, 2006

Portugal Current 2006

Law 19/2006 of 12 June 2006 (Lei n.o 19/2006, de 12 de Junho de 2006) transposes Directive 2003/4/EC on public access to environmental information, and is part of Portugal’s effort to further implement the policies agreed upon in the Aarhus Convention. The Law composed of 20 articles, rules on access to environmental information, and is especially addressed to public authorities. The aim is to grant the right of access to information and to provide public awareness on environmental issues, also boosting the use of information technologies. It defines the measures to be adopted by public authorities, the required time and modality of information availability, the request procedures and related sanctions.



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All/none specified

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All organizations, notably public authorities

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