UN treaty on access to environment information enters into force

The ECE said today in a statement that the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters – known as the Aarhus Convention after the Danish city where it was adopted in June 1998 – sought to strengthen the role of members of the public and environmental organizations in protecting the environment.Through its recognition of citizens’ rights to information, participation and justice, the treaty aims specifically to allow members of the public greater access to data held by public authorities, provide an opportunity for people to express their opinions and concerns on environmental matters and ensure that decision makers take due account of these, provide the public with access to review procedures when their rights to information and participation have been breached, and in some cases to challenge more general violations of environmental law.”In practical terms, this means, for instance, that local residents must be given a say in new road schemes or in the siting of household-waste incinerators,” the ECE said. “Members of the public also have a right to know what state their environment is in and, in some circumstances, to sue governments or polluters that attempt to cover up environmental disasters.”Welcoming the high level of support shown for the Convention by eastern European and Central Asian countries, the Director of the UNECE Environment Division, Kaj Bärlund, said he hoped several western countries would ratify the Convention before the first meeting of the Parties, provisionally scheduled for autumn 2002. “Despite the fact that western countries have generally been slower to ratify the Convention than their eastern counterparts, it is clear from their warm messages of support that they are working hard on their national legislation to be able to ratify the Convention,” he said. Mr. Bärlund said the delay was an indication that the Convention was sufficiently progressive to prompt important improvements even in some of the most well-established western democracies. “The eastern countries may have a different legal tradition, but the early ratification by many of these countries is a sign of change,” he said. “It shows that they have opened the door to a new culture of democracy and transparency.” read more

Wear parts giant ESCO finalises buyout of Hydra Mining Tools

first_imgLeading mining wear parts major ESCO has announced the completion of its strategic acquisition of Hydra Mining Tools International. Headquartered in the UK, Hydra is a preferred provider of underground mining cutting systems for the global coal mining market. In recent years, the company has been very successful in expanding its business in China, the world’s largest producer of coal.The acquisition of Hydra Mining Tools supports ESCO’s global expansion and, at the same time, provides a new range of products for underground mining markets. The statement said: “Hydra is an innovative designer, manufacturer and supplier of advanced technology underground mining cutting systems, specialising in shearer drums and cutting tools with carbide inserts, conveyor belts, and other related components. Hydra’s focus on underground consumable parts and related capital equipment is well aligned with ESCO’s position in consumables and equipment for surface mining.Hydra’s operations include sales and manufacturing in the UK and China, and a sales office in the US. “We are excited about ESCO’s acquisition of Hydra Mining Tools and the synergies and global opportunities that it will bring to ESCO,” said Cal Collins, ESCO’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “This acquisition opens the door for ESCO into the fast growing Chinese underground coal mining markets and positions ESCO for continued expansion into the established underground coal market in the US and Australia. We will leverage the ESCO brand and our expertise in mining wear parts and solutions to better service our customers.” With the formal closing of the deal, ESCO welcomes approximately 130 new employees to its workforce of approximately 5,200 globally.last_img read more

Tamas Mocsai in Veszprém

Tamas Mocsai MKB-MVM Veszprém’s right back, László Nagy’s knee injury is more serious than it seemed. He doesn’t take part in the Hungarian national team’s preparation before the European Championship. Nagy and the doctors will decide on Monday that he will travel to Denmark or not. Probably he won’t because his team, MKB-MVM Veszprém has reported: Tamás Mocsai will come in January to replace Nagy. Mocsai is the son of the Hungarian national team’s head-coach, Lajos Mocsai who was the Veszprém’s trainer before Carlos Ortega. Tamás Mocsai started this season in Bundesliga in Hannover-Burgdorf, he made a contract with MKB-MVM from the 1st of January to the 30th of June.Virág Farkas ← Previous Story Rastko Stojkovic to Meshkov Brest Next Story → Slovenia beat Macedonia in friendly match read more