Access to Justice for a Greener Europe

Access to Justice for a Greener Europe: Updates & Events

  • EU internal review mechanism: CJEU confirms broad principles on scope and standard of review

    The CJEU has confirmed the broad principles defined by the General Court on the scope and standard of its review in the context of the internal review procedure.

  • Nord Stream 2 and Access to justice in Sweden and Finland

    ClientEarth has seen the conclusion of two domestic proceedings with important implications for access to justice in environmental matters in Sweden and Finland.

  • Access to justice in environmental matters in Poland: what’s next?

    EU law also requires that the public and environmental NGOs have access to courts to challenge forest management plans. This was not the case in Poland.

  • Poland organises 5th training on Access to justice

    Employees of the Local Government Appeal Boards and Maritime Office took part in the fifth training organised within the framework of the “Access to justice for a Greener Europe” project. It took place on 17 September in Szczecin.

  • Webinar : “Challenging activities that harm the environment : article 9.2 of the Aarhus Convention”

    Sign up for our webinar “Challenging activities that harm the environment : article 9.2 of the Aarhus Convention ” on 17 October 2019 from 12.30 pm GMT+1 until 2 pm GMT+1 (Brussels time).

  • Court of Justice of the EU backs Brussels citizens’ right to clean air

    On 26 June 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) held that citizens can challenge the lack of adequate air quality plans.

  • Internal review procedure: the General Court places further restrictions on access to justice

    In an appeal against a Commission internal review decision, the General Court has set restrictive criteria regarding the arguments that can be raised before it to challenge the act subject to internal review.

  • The Hungarian Government retreated in a landmark issue

    The new law, which follows a dangerous trend of undermining the independence of judges also seen in Poland, has been postponed “for an indefinite time”.

  • Access to justice seminars in Germany, Spain and Belgium – June 2019

    Seminars on access to justice were given in Berlin, Madrid and Brussels as part of the A2J EARL project.

  • Webinar : Challenging non-disclosure of environmental information in Europe

    The webinar “Challenging non-disclosure of environmental information” was held on September 26 2019 from 12.30 to- 1:30 pm GMT+1.

  • Commissioner for Human Rights states environmental degradation is a violation of human rights

    On 4 June 2019 Dunja Mijatović, the Commissioner for Human Rights, released a comment on the connection between human rights and the environment.

  • EU Advocate General supports islanders’ plea for justice – If you could not have known, it does not count

    The Advocate General Kokott gave its opinion concerning the obligations of Member State authorities to notify local residents and NGOs of participation procedures and permitting decisions on major infrastructure projects.

  • The General Court of the EU rejects the people climate case as inadmissible

    On 8 May 2019, the General Court rejected as inadmissible what has become known as “The People’s Climate Case.”

  • Polish seminars on Access to justice and the role of NGOs and the preliminary ruling procedure in the field of environmental protection

    ClientEarth Polish office organised two seminars in Katowice and Krakow on Access to justice and the role of NGOs and the preliminary ruling procedure in the field of environmental protection.

  • VIA IURIS organises seminars for judges on Access to justice in environmental matters

    As part of the access to justice for a greener Europe project, Via Iuris organised two seminars for judges in Slovakia.

  • Poland and Bulgaria deny access to justice to citizens and NGOs fighting dirty air

    In Poland and Bulgaria, citizens and NGOs concerned about air pollution have been denied standing to bring a legal challenge.

  • Spanish Supreme Court rules that ENGOs receiving legal aid do not have to pay court costs

    In March 2019, the Spanish Supreme Court ruled in an unprecedented order that court costs should not be a barrier to access to justice for environmental NGOs.

  • Ruling on glyphosate renewal: the General Court divided over public authorities’ right of standing

    The General Court of the EU rejected a case brought by the Brussels region to challenge the Commission’s regulation renewing the authorisation of glyphosate.

  • States fail to remedy access to justice failures

    At the end of February, the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee published its first set of “Progress Reviews”. These analyse to what extent Parties found to have breached the Convention have remedied those failures.

  • Janus-faced Supreme Court: Two recent rulings impact on Hungary’s environmental case law

    Two judgments handed down by the Hungarian Supreme Court (Kúria) in February will affect environmental cases going forward.

  • Legal rights of rivers – an international trend?

    On 30 January 2019, the High Court of Bangladesh recognized the river Turag as a living entity with legal rights and held that the same would apply to all rivers in Bangladesh. This monumental decision is the latest example of a trend towards according rights to nature.

  • IIDMA appeals a decision of the Spanish Supreme Court to uphold its right to legal aid

    In January 2019, the Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Medio Ambiente appealed a decision of the Spanish Supreme Court which ordered it to bear the costs of a dismissed lawsuit.

  • ClientEarth launches European legal guide to protecting the environment

    ClientEarth lawyers have launched a guide to assist legal professionals and organisations in Europe take legal action to protect the environment.

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    161 Italian citizens won before the European Court of Human Rights

    The applicants complained about the effects of toxic emissions from the Ilva steel plant in Taranto on the environment and their health, and about the ineffectiveness of domestic remedies.