The first Aarhus Center in North Macedonia was also established and initiated operation towards the end of 2019. The Aarhus Center (AC) is registered within the project “Building capacities of environmental CSOs to increase democratic processes in Macedonia”, financed by the EU measure for horizontal capacity building.
The scope is to raise awareness through dissemination of environmental information among the public, as well as monitor the implementation of the Convention by state authorities.
The operation of the Aarhus Center is based on the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) from 1998.
The Aarhus Center is a place where citizens and institutions can be promptly informed about environmental matters and prepare relevantly for their inclusion in the decision-making processes.
The Aarhus Center will alleviate the access to information to citizens and institutions, will assist the realization of the right to participation in the environmental decision-making processes, as well as give legal support for breach of rights in environmental matters.
The Aarhus Center will provide the support of competent authorities to strengthen their resources and fulfill the obligations undertaken by the ratification of the Aarhus Conventions.
Within the activities of the Aarhus Center the “Friends of Aarhus” Network has been established, and the same is open for all entities interested in cooperation and promotion of the implementation of the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention).