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General Part of the Environmental Code Act (2011)

Type of law
Date of original text

The Act determines general principles for environmental protection in Estonia. Its purpose is to ensure the reduction of environmental nuisances to the maximum extent possible in order to protect the environment, human health, well-being, property and cultural heritage; the promotion of sustainable development in order to secure an environment that meets the human health and well-being needs of the present generation and future generations; the preservation and protection of natural diversity; the good state of the environment; and the prevention of damage to the environment and the remedying of damage caused to the environment. In its different parts, the Act provides for principles of environmental protection, main duties of environmental protection, environmental rights (including the right to information, right to participate, access to justice in environmental matters), environmental protection permits, state supervision, and liability for violating the law.
Date of consolidation/reprint
Consolidated version of the Act, as last amended by the Act of 20 June 2023, published in the State Gazette I, no. 1 of 30 June 2023.
Serial Imprint
RT I, 28.02.2011, 1
Source language


Legislation Amendment
Original title
Keskkonnaseadustiku ldosa seadus (2011)