The following Environment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
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 Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental law and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.
The principle behind the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FIA 2000) and Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR 2004), SI 2004/3391 is the same—to grant rights of access to information held by public authorities.
For further information, see Practice Notes: Environmental Information Regulations 2004—what is environmental information? and Introduction to freedom of information.
More specific similarities include:
time limits—in both regimes, information must be provided by the public authorities within 20 working days if the information is held and if there are no applicable exemptions
duty to provide advice and assistance—both FIA 2000 and EIR 2004 stipulate how public authorities should handle requests. Public authorities must give a reasonable standard of advice and assistance to requestors and prospective
appeals—the same appeal procedures apply
For more information, see Practice Notes:
Environmental Information Regulations 2004—requesting information
Environmental Information Regulations 2004—clarifying requests
Compliance with a freedom of information request
Clarifying freedom of information requests
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