Ministry decision on environmental information

In Finland, public openness is the main principle with regard to all administrative matters, including environmental affairs. The Act on the Openness of Government Activities requires official information to be made public, unless otherwise stipulated.

  • Act on the Openness of Government Activities (621/1999, Finlex)

As regards environmental information, the EU has issued separate provisions on the public availability of environmental information.

  • Directive (EC) No 4/2003 of the European Parliament and Council (EUR-Lex)

The starting point for the Directive’s implementation in Finland has been that the national legislation is already comprehensive. In order for the Directive to be enforced without compromises, however, Finland has changed its effective legislation in such a way that the general obligation regarding the openness of government activities has been expanded to cover water management facilities that were not previously encompassed by the legislation concerning openness.

  • Act on Changing Section 16 of the Water Management Act (54/2005, in Finnish, Finlex)

Furthermore, the Ministry of the Environment has issued a decision that provides detailed application instructions for the implementation of the directive. The decision concerns the tasks of the regional environment centres and the Finnish Environment Institute for the purpose of ensuring the availability, active and systematic distribution, and quality of environmental information.

Further information

Environment Counsellor Jarmo Muurman, tel. +358 295 250 185,

Published 2013-07-30 at 11:06, updated 2016-06-28 at 12:52