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What do you think about the CEC’s process of citizen submissions on the effective enforcement of environmental laws?

Montreal, 7 November 2011—The Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has received the responses to the questionnaire sent to all submitters, both past and present, to evaluate their experiences with the CEC mechanism known as the “Citizen Submissions on Enforcement Matters Process.”

Now we would like to hear your opinion. Do you think this process is effective? What improvements would you propose for this procedure created by the Parties to the NAAEC—Canada, Mexico and the United States—through Articles 14 and 15 of the Agreement?

In response to the perspectives of citizens who allege that a Party to the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC) has failed to effectively enforce its environmental laws, your opinion is very important.

Write us directly at Facebook or at jpac@cec.org. You may also review other citizen comments on the CEC website.

All the thoughts and responses received from the questionnaire are being considered at the JPAC meeting this Monday, 7 November, in El Paso, Texas.

Even if you are far away, be sure to register and participate online, since the event will be transmitted through our live webcast, beginning at 9:00 a.m. (Mountain Time). You will be able to follow the deliberations in Spanish, French or English, and you may also submit questions and comments by e-mail.

Information on registering and on the event’s agenda can be found on the CEC website.

Also, follow us on Twitter @CECweb.

About the CEC

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was established in 1994 by the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States through the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, a parallel environmental agreement to NAFTA. As of 2020, the CEC is recognized and maintained by the Environmental Cooperation Agreement, in parallel with the new Free Trade Agreement of North America. The CEC brings together a wide range of stakeholders, including the general public, Indigenous people, youth, nongovernmental organizations, academia, and the business sector, to seek solutions to protect North America’s shared environment while supporting sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations

The CEC is governed and funded equally by the Government of Canada through Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Government of the United States of Mexico through the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, and the Government of the United States of America through the Environmental Protection Agency.

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