The procedure

Each State that ratifies the Aarhus Convention must send a report every two to three years to the Convention’s International Secretariat regarding implementation of the Convention’s provisions in the State. This report is completed using a questionnaire which is identical for each State (see Decision I/8 on the presentation system for the reports). When the report is written, a national public participation procedure on the report must be organised.

Implementation in Belgium

Belgium’s first national report was adopted in May 2005 by the second Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention, which was held in Kazakhstan. This national report consists of four separate reports prepared by the Federal State and the three Regions, each having been submitted for public consultation.  The same happened for the second, third and fifth report in 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016.

In 2020, the Federal State and the three Regions have each written a report for the sixth time. These reports have been submitted for public consultation and sent to the Convention’s Secretariat in January 2021. The national synthesis contains among other things a summary of the results of the public consultation.

The 2020 reports :

The comments of the public (2020):


The previous reports (2016):

The comments of the public (2016):

The 2013 reports:

The comments of the public (2013):

The first reports (2005):

The reports of 2007 and 2010 are available upon request via or 02/524.97.97 (Service Center Health).