The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) provide public access to environmental information held by public authorities in two ways:
- public authorities must make environmental information available proactively
- members of the public are entitled to request environmental information from public authorities
The Environmental Information Regulations cover any recorded information that relates to or affects the environment, held by public authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and as such place a duty on the British Council to provide public access to our own environmental information unless an exception applies.
The Environmental Information Regulations are derived from European law. They implement the European Council Directive 2003/4/CE on public access to environmental information (the EC Directive) in the UK.
The Environmental Information Regulations only applies to environmental information we hold. Any other types of corporate information can be accessed via The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
The Environmental Information Regulations and the Freedom of Information Act do not give people access to their own personal data (information about themselves). Individuals have a right of access to information held about them under the Data Protection Act 1998.
Proactively published environmental information
The Environmental Information Regulations requires the proactive publication of certain classes of information which should include information listed under Article 7(2) of the European Directive 2003/4/EC.
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