Public organizations, members of Working group 3 “Environment, climate change and energy security” of the Ukrainian national platform of the Civil Society Forum of the Eastern Partnership (UNP EaP CSF) and Working group 5 “Energy, transport, environment and climate change” of the Ukrainian side of the Civil Society Platform Ukraine- The EU (US PGS) appeals to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and the State Emergency Service of Ukraine regarding the need to open access to the primary data of the Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Center on atmospheric air quality in Ukraine.

Access to environmental information in Ukraine is protected by the Convention on access to information, public participation in the decision-making process and access to justice on issues related to the environment, the Constitution of Ukraine, the Law of Ukraine “On Access to Public Information” and other normative legal acts. such as CMU Resolution No. 835 “On Open Data”. Therefore, the publication and provision of open access to raw data is the duty of Ukraine in accordance with the norms of international and Ukrainian law.

The Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Center is a subject of the state monitoring system and conducts daily air quality measurements in Ukraine. The result of the work of its regional units is environmental information, to which citizens do not have unimpeded and free access, as required by the current legislation of Ukraine.

In view of the above, the high public interest in environmental information and its significance for the civil safety of the population, we emphasize the need to publish raw data with atmospheric air quality indicators from the observation posts of the Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Center and ask to take measures to publish such data both in the form of raw data and and in open data format on the State Open Data Portal.

We thank the NGO “Save Dnipro” (members of WG5 CSP) for the analysis of the legislation and the preparation of the appeal project.

Звернення РГ3 УНП ФГС СхП та РГ5 УС ПГС щодо забезпечення вільного доступу до даних Українського гідрометеорологічного центру про якість атмосферного повітря, 25 квітня 2024

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The Ukrainian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum ( is a network of more than 150 non-governmental organizations in Ukraine that advocates Ukrainian interests within the framework of the Eastern Partnership. The platform is part of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF). The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum is unique multi-layered regional civil society platform aimed at promoting European integration, facilitating reforms and democratic transformations in the six Eastern Partnership countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Serving as the civil society and people-to-people dimension of the Eastern Partnership, the EaP CSF strives to strengthen civil society in the region, boost pluralism in public discourse and policy making by promoting participatory democracy and fundamental freedoms. The EaP CSF is a non-partisan bona fide non-governmental organisation. 

The Ukrainian side of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform ( is the national part of the Ukraine-EU Civil Society Platform, one of the official bilateral bodies of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. In accordance with Articles 469-470 of the Association Agreement, the Platform officially represents the interests of civil society of Ukraine and the EU in the process of implementation of the Agreement, monitors and publicly controls its implementation. From the Ukrainian side, the Platform includes 15 members – representatives of public associations, trade unions and employers’ organizations. Under their auspices, the CSS unites 282 organizations.

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