Doc. 8369
12 April 1999

Recognition of the right to a healthy and viable environment in the European Convention
on Human Rights

Motion for a recommendation

presented by Mr Staes and others

This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only

the members who have signed it

The Assembly,

—       Convinced of the fundamental importance of a healthy and viable environment;

—       Noting that despite various legal and awareness-raising initiatives, the overall quality of the environment is deteriorating;

—       Aware of the consequences of this deterioration for society at large, in both social and economic terms;

—       Convinced that only a comprehensive approach by all the countries concerned, at least across the European continent, can end the downward spiral and reverse the trend;

—       Observing that a substantial number of legislative measures are inadequately applied in practice;

—       Believing, therefore, that the public must increase its pressure on environmental policy and the way it is applied on the ground;

—       Noting that broadening legal remedies is probably the most democratic means available to the public;

—        Referring to the efficient functioning of the European Court of Human Rights,

Consequently asks the Committee of Ministers to ensure that the right to a healthy and viable environment, including the spatial planning, public health and biodiversity aspects, is included in the European Convention on Human Rights as part of a policy of sustainable development.

Signed : 1

Staes, Belgium, EPP/CD

Akçali, Turkey, EDG

Briane, France, EPP/CD

Calleja, Spain, SOC

Cox, United Kingdom, SOC

Glavan, Romania, SOC

Ivanov, Bulgaria, EPP/CD

Mignon, France, EDG

Sehnalova, Czech Republic, SOC

Speroni, Italy, NR


1        SOC: Socialist Group

      EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party

      EDG: European Democratic Group

      LDR : Liberal, Democratic and Reformers’ Group

      UEL: Group of the Unified European Left

      NR: not registered in a group