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Aarhus Centers to be set up in Moldova

Aarhus Centers to inform the population about environment-related problems will be created in Moldova, Minister of the Environment Gheorghe Salaru announced in a news conference on Friday.
Info-Prim Neo, 1 July 2011, 18:01

Moldova signed the Aarhus Convention 12 years ago, but has not yet opened such information centers. According to the minister, Aarhus Centers will appear in all the districts of the country in the near future.

"The local centers can promote free access to information, especially because we have regional development agencies. There will be encouraged projects based on ecological examinations. Public discussions should be held with the people," said Gheorghe Salaru.

In the fourth meeting of the Aarhus Convention that was held in Chisinau during June 27 - July 1, the countries with experience in the field offered Moldova their stores of documents so that it is able to learn from their experience, said the minister, adding that Moldova needs qualified specialists, money and logistic support. The adoption of the law on the people's access to information about the environment is as important. The minister promised that the bill will be submitted to Parliament for adoption in the nearest future.

The fourth meeting of the Aarhus Convention brought together over 400 representatives from 44 countries. The Aarhus Convention or the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters was signed on June 25, 1998 in the Danish city of Aarhus. Moldova signed the Convention in 1999.

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