After nearly twenty years since the signing of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC), the citizen submission process created under its Articles 14 and 15 remains a cornerstone of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). Yet, important questions remain as to the effectiveness, timeliness and fairness of the process. In light of these questions, the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the CEC is sending out a questionnaire to individuals and organizations that have filed citizen submissions under Articles 14 and 15. With this questionnaire, JPAC hopes to obtain a detailed picture of Submitters’ experiences and views on the operation of the citizen submission process, with the aim of providing advice to the CEC Council on ways to improve it. In conjunction with this questionnaire, JPAC hopes to invite Submitters to present their views at upcoming JPAC meetings in Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Questionnaire recipients are asked to please type responses in the space provided below each question. If it is not possible to answer all of the questions, respondents are asked to please answer as many as possible.