Access to Information on the Environment (AIE)
Bord Bia is subject to Access to Information on the Environment Regulations 2007 – 2008 (“AIE Regulations”) and Directive 2003/4/EC of the European Parliament and Council on Public Access to Environmental Information (the “Directive”). Further information on both the AIE Regulations and the Directive are below.
Access to information on the environment is important to enable members of the public to know and understand what is happening in the environment around them. It also assists the public to participate in environmental decision making in an informed manner.
The government ensures that members of the public have this access through implementation of the AIE Regulations in Ireland.
Environmental information held by, or for, a public authority should be provided to any person who requests it from public authorities under the AIE Regulations. Particular procedures apply to this process and access to information may be refused in certain circumstances. There is also an appeals process in case a person is unhappy with a decision on their request.
Requests under the AIE Regulations should be made to the public authority which the applicant believes holds the information.
Making a Request
The AIE Regulations give you the right to access environmental information held by, or for, public authorities.
We would suggest that individuals check Bord Bia’s website for any information they seek in the first instance. If the required information is not available on the website then a written request should be made to Bord Bia’s AIE Team.
A request must state that it is being made under the AIE Regulations. As such, your email/letter should state that your request is submitted under the AIE Regulations 2007-2018.
If you wish to request access to environmental information held by, or for, Bord Bia, please send an email to AIE@bordbia.ie.
Alternatively, you can post it to:
Corporate Services, Bord Bia, Clanwilliam Place, Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2, D02 A344, Ireland.
Your request should also include your name, address, the requested information or documents you are seeking and how you would like the information sent to you (hard copy/digital).
When can I expect a response to my request?
In most instances, Bord Bia will provide a decision within one month of receipt of the original request, in accordance with the AIE Regulations. However, depending on the complexity of the request and/or the volume of documents to be reviewed, we may seek to extend the time for response by one further month.
On receipt of an AIE request, Bord Bia will issue an acknowledgement letter outlining the date the request was received and the latest date by which a decision will be issued.
The more specific your request is the faster we will be able to respond.
Will it cost me anything?
There is no fee to make a request under AIE Regulations. However, the regulations do allow a public authority to charge a reasonable fee for the cost of supplying the environmental information.
The following charges may apply:
- search, retrieval and copying of records: €20 per hour
- photocopy: €0.04 per sheet (black and white) or €0.10 per sheet (colour)
- CD Rom: €10
Details of any charges that apply will be advised in the final decision letter. Please note that the fee may be waived where the cost is estimated at less than €100.
We may also disregard charges if the record contains only personal information and if, having regard to the means of the requester, it would not be reasonable to apply one.
What if I am unhappy with a decision?
You can request an internal review of the decision if your request for environmental information has been either wholly or partially refused, or if you believe it has not been dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the AIE Regulations. You should make this request for an internal review within one month of receiving the final decision.
Requests for internal reviews should be submitted to the address noted above.
If you are unhappy with the outcome of the internal review, you may ask the Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information (OCEI) to review the matter. You should request an appeal to the OCEI within one month of receiving the decision of the internal review.
The European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 (S.I. 133 of 2007), gives legal rights to those seeking access to information on the environment from public authorities.
These Regulations came into effect on 1 May 2007, repealing the previous legislation, the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 1998. S.I. 662 of 2011, S.I. 615 of 2014 and S.I. 309 of 2018 revised these regulations further.
The amalgamation of these four pieces of legislation should be read together as one, and may be referred to as the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 to 2018.
An unofficial consolidation of the Regulations is available here.
Information relating to the environment held by, or for, a public authority must be made available on request to any person subject to certain exceptions.
The Regulations provide a definition of environmental information and outline the manner in which requests for information should be provided to public authorities. The Regulations also provide for a formal appeals procedure in the event that a person is unhappy with a decision on their request.
The AIE Regulations give effect in Ireland to Directive 2003/4/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on Public Access to Environmental Information (the AIE Directive). This Directive repealed Council Directive 90/313/EEC, which was the previous EU instrument providing for access to environmental information.
The EU adopted the AIE Directive to give effect to the Access to Information pillar of the 1998 UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (the Aarhus Convention).