Access to environmental information Directive 2003/4/EC—snapshot
Access to environmental information Directive 2003/4/EC—snapshot

The following Environment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Access to environmental information Directive 2003/4/EC—snapshot
  • Brexit impact
  • Purpose of the AEI Directive
  • Implementation in England and Wales
  • Definition of ‘environmental information’
  • Supply of information
  • Form and format of information
  • Exceptions
  • Refusal to provide information
  • Charges for information
  • more

Brexit impact

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content.

For further guidance, see: Brexit—impact on environmental law and Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

Title Directive 2003/4/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 January 2003 on public access to environmental information (AEI Directive)
Entry into force 14 February 2003
Deadline for transposition 14 February 2005
Repealing Council Directive 90/313/EEC (the 1990 Directive)
England and Wales implementation Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (the 2004 Regulations), SI 2004/3391
Subject Access to environmental information

Purpose of the AEI Directive

In 1990, the EU adopted Council Directive 90/313/EEC on the ‘free access’ to information (the 1990 Directive). This was replaced by Directive 2003/4/EC (the AEI Directive) during the