Public access to environmental information is governed by international agreements, European Directives and UK legislation.

The UK’s Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) provide public access to environmental information held by public authorities. The Freedom of Information Act provides public access to most other types of information held by public authorities.

The EIR implement the European Council Directive 2003/4/CE on public access to environmental information. The purpose of the directive is to ensure that environmental information is available to the public and to require public authorities to make the environmental information they hold available on request. The source of the EU Directive is the Aarhus Convention.

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