The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has decided to take a closer look at Sweden’s compliance with UN-rules on information in environmental matters. The decision follows rejection on requested access to document by the Swedish Chemicals Agency and two Swedish courts.
By Staffan Dahllöf
Access could harm Sweden’s participation in international cooperation, the argument went. But this might run counter to the UN Aarhus Convention, signed by Sweden, 44 other countries and the EU. In the case of emissions to the environment release of information should be the default option, the convention states.
The documents held back in Sweden are relevant to a forthcoming decision whether to approve the pesticide chlorpyrifos or not.