Summary of the matter addressed in the submission:

The Submitter asserts that Mexico is failing to effectively enforce its environmental laws with respect to the City Park project in the city of León, Guanajuato, Mexico.

In submission SEM-19-002 (City Park Project), the Submitter asserts that the León municipal authorities illegally authorized the construction of the City Park project because they did not have jurisdiction to evaluate and authorize the project, since under the General Act on Ecological Balance and Environmental Protection (Ley General del Equilibrio Ecológico y la Protección al Ambiente—LGEEPA), this is a duty of the state and federal governments. The Submitter further states that the municipal authority did not adequately consider the project’s effects on the environment and that it violated the environmental impact assessment procedure.

Names and citations of the environmental laws in question:

General Act on Ecological Balance and Environmental Protection (Ley General del Equilibrio Ecológico y la Protección al Ambiente—LGEEPA

Submitter(s):

Acción Colectiva Socioambiental, A.C.

Submission Timeline

April 16, 2019

The Secretariat received a submission and began a preliminary analysis of it under the guidelines.

Submission - Submission authored by Submitter(s) on 16/04/2019

Annex - Other document authored by Submitter(s) on 16/04/2019

Annex - Other document authored by Submitter(s) on 16/04/2019

Annex - Other document authored by Submitter(s) on 16/04/2019

Acknowledgement - Communication to Submitter(s) authored by Secretariat on 17/04/2019

July 5, 2019

The Secretariat determined that the submission met the criteria of Article 14(1) and requested a response from the concerned government Party in accordance with Article 14(2).

Determination - Secretariat Determination under Article 14 (1) and 14 (2) authored by Secretariat on 05/07/2019

March 25, 2020

The Secretariat received a response from the concerned government Party and began considering whether to recommend a factual record.

Party Response - Response from the Party under Article 14 (3) authored by Mexico on 25/03/2020

Acknowledgement - Other document authored by Secretariat on 26/03/2020