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24 June 2019 | Round table on open data and e-governance for the environment in Belarus

Countries: Belarus

The EEA, with support from PwC-Lithuania, evaluated the maturity of environmental information sharing and dissemination in the six Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine). The evaluation aims to help the countries develop national roadmaps with concrete measures to modernise environmental information systems and raise the profile of environmental information in national open data and e-government processes.

The national round table for Belarus took place at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus on 24 June 2019 and brought together a broad range of experts from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, the Ministry of Communications and Information, the Ministry of Health, the National Statistical Committee of the Republic of Belarus, and the Aarhus Centre of the Republic of Belarus.

The round table addressed the implementation of the open data portal in Belarus and identified steps to advance the sharing and integration of environmental information by exploring the legal, organisational and technical conditions framing the national e-government and open data initiatives. Discussions were based on the findings of the country maturity report and the road map on the measures identified for further actions in this direction.

This event, which is part of ongoing EU-funded technical assistance, follows a regional event in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 5 and 6 March 2019, where representatives from all six Eastern Partnership countries reviewed the findings of the evaluation on the maturity of open data for the environment. National round tables in all Eastern Partnership countries are scheduled to take place in the period May to September 2019, with findings presented at the second regional workshop on open data and e-government for the environment, scheduled to take place back-to-back with the 6th Meeting of the Task Force on Access to Information under the Aarhus Convention, 2-4 October 2019.

The actions emerging from the national and regional events will continue advancing the implementation of the Aarhus Convention, the Protocol on PRTRs (as applicable), the SEIS principles and other international commitments.

Read the meeting documents.