Advice to Council 01-07 — Citizen Submissions on Enforcement Matters under Articles 14 & 15 of NAAEC


Citizen Submissions on Enforcement Matters under Articles 14 & 15 of NAAEC

The Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC);

IN ACCORDANCE with its mandate to provide advice to Council under Article 16(4) of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC);

MINDFUL of the bold step made by Council at its June 2000 Council Session toward resolving controversies that have plagued the CEC in previous years by adopting Council Resolution 00-09 – Matters Related to Articles 14 and 15 of the Agreement;

FURTHER encouraged by the positive response at the June 2001 Council Sessions to its Lessons Learned report on Citizen Submissions under Articles 14 and 15 and the JPAC Process for Public Review of Issues Concerning the Implementation and Further Elaboration of Articles 14 and 15;

REGRETTING, however, having to later register its disappointment, by way of a letter to Council dated 27 September 2001, about continuing delays in voting on the five pending submissions;

NOW HAVING BEEN APPRISED that Council will be asked to consider:

IS COMPELLED to express its frustration at being forced once again to advise on issues related to Articles 14 and 15, because past agreed-upon procedures are being ignored or circumvented.

REGISTERS its strong and considered objection to such a proposal on the basis that this would:

REQUESTS that Council demonstrate good faith and vote on the pending submissions in the spirit of the renewed commitment to the Articles 14 and 15 process expressed in the 2000 Council session and guided by the lessons learned articulated in JPAC’s report to Council in 2001.