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Country profileGermany (Hamburg): Hamburg Environment Information Law.
Long title: Law on access to environment information.

Original title: Gesetz ├╝ber den Zugang zu Umweltinformationen in Hamburg (Hamburgisches Umweltinformationsgesetz - HmbUIG).
Date of original text: 04 November 2005. Date of consolidation/reprint: 01 February 2016.
Type of text: Legislation

Available web site: www.hamburg.de
Full text available (German): ger126566.pdf

Implements:
  • Directive 2003/4/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on public access to environmental information and repealing Council Directive 90/313/EEC - 28 January 2003
  • [LEX-FAOC035885]
  • Environment Information Act. - 23 August 2001
  • [LEX-FAOC036863]

    Comments: The present Law is consolidated as of 1 February 2016.

    Abstract:
    The present Law implements the Directive 2003/4/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on public access to environmental information and repealing Council Directive 90/313/EEC. The purpose of the present Law is to establish a legal framework to allow a free public access to environmental information incumbent on certain entities due to provide them. Furthermore, such entities shall also provide to disseminate such information. Everybody has the right to free access to environmental information without being obliged to show a legal standing. The text consist of 4 articles as follows: Purpose and sphere of application (1); Legal protection against private information entities (2); Costs of private information entities (3); Transitional provisions (4).

    Descriptors (Environment gen.): pollution control; access-to-information; environmental fees/charges; data collection/reporting; enforcement/compliance

    FAOLEX No: LEX-FAOC126566