Access to Justice for a Greener Europe

Access to Justice for a Greener Europe: Updates & Events

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    Court of Justice confirms Habitats Directive screening applies to temporal extensions of construction permits

    The Court of Justice rendered a judgment clarifying the obligations of Member State authorities under Article 6(3) of the Habitats Directive (92/43) in regard to temporal extensions of construction permits.

  • Webinar: “Access to Justice and the Preliminary Reference Procedure”

    This webinar focuses on the important role that the preliminary reference procedure (Article 267 TFEU) plays within the EU legal framework on access to justice.

  • Justice & Environment organizes 5th EARL Training in Hungary

    Justice & Environment organises 5th training on private nuisance and its environmental implications, public participation, and access to justice in environmental matters and local environmental protection in general.

  • Flowers in a Field

    Body of Polish case law pertaining to the nature conservation law.

    This body of case law presents the cases issued by the Polish courts in the area of nature protection, in which the collected evidence allowed punishing for environmental crimes and offences.

  • Advocate General: Access to justice for the “public concerned” is not dependent on the exercise of public participation rights

    Advocate General Bobek has advised the Court to confirm that the Aarhus Convention, the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive and the Industrial Emissions Directive guarantee access to justice for the public concerned by a proposed activity, even if they did not take part in the preceding public participation procedure.

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    A major win for the civil society of Hungary: EU Court rules that NGO Transparency Law is contrary to EU Treaties

    The Hungarian Transparency Law imposing several obligations on NGOs receiving funding from third countries has been judged contrary to the EU Treaties by the EU Court.

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    Class Actions for Europe: The Collective Redress Directive

    The European Parliament and the Council reached a final agreement on the text of the Collective Redress Directive. It provides a new legal avenue to enforce EU law intended to protect people and the planet.

  • No space for illegal development – CJEU clarifies EIA and SEA remedies

    A new Court of Justice judgement regarding the interpretation of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Directive provides interesting clarifications as to the consequences if no SEA is carried out before the plan/programme is adopted.

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    Virtual conference on access to justice in environmental matters

    Sign up now for our virtual conference on access to justice in environmental matter on 15 & 16 October 2020.

  • Court of Justice ensures standing for individuals to challenge breaches of the Water Framework Directive

    A number of individuals in Germany sought to challenge a decision to authorise the construction of a new motorway which allowed the developer to discharge rainwater from the road’s surface into three bodies of surface water or into groundwater.

  • Commission accepts access to justice complaints concerning Poland and Bulgaria

    The latest Commission infringement package brings some good news for access to justice.

  • The European Climate Law and Access to Justice

    In early March, just before the onset of the current COVID 19 crisis, the European Commission presented its proposal for a European Climate Law, a flagship initiative under the Green Deal.

  • Advocate General: Habitats Directive screening applies to temporal extensions of construction permits

    This opinion from Advocate General Kokott considers whether an extension of the duration of a construction permit triggers the appropriate assessment obligations in Article 6(3) of the Habitats Directive.

  • Webinar “Enforcing the Industrial Emissions Directive in national courts”

    This webinar provides an overview of the legal framework that applies to individuals and NGOs seeking to enforce the Industrial Emissions Directive in national courts.

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    Webinar 8 – Enforcing the Habitats Directive in national courts

    This webinar provides an overview of the legal framework that applies to individuals and NGOs seeking to enforce the Habitats Directive in national courts.

  • Commission takes first step towards better NGO access to the European Court of Justice

    On 6 March, the European Commission published a Roadmap proposing an amendment of the Aarhus Regulation

  • Spain organizes 2nd training on access to justice

    IIDMA held the second access to justice training session in Spain, targeting a wide range of professionals from the legal sector, especially lawyers.

  • Of Munich’s Air and Prisons: New Court of Justice Ruling on Effective Remedies

    Shortly before Christmas, the Court of Justice (CJEU) rendered judgement on a preliminary reference from the Higher Administrative Court of Bavaria.

  • Two recent judgments in Hungary clarify the environmental liability regime

    In the last months of 2019, two judgments were made by Hungarian courts that clarify certain aspects of environmental liability.

  • Photo of Lady Justice for story saying ClientEarth is taking the Commission to court over access to ISDS papers

    POSTPONED: EU-wide conference on access to justice in environmental matters

    Sign up now for our EU-wide conference on access to justice in environmental matters !

  • Advocate General opinion suggests restricting Member State discretion to set standing criteria for individuals

    This opinion from Advocate General Hogan considers significant questions relating to access to justice under both the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive and the Water Framework Directive.

  • Series of webinars “Right to clean air and access to justice” January – February 2020

    We are launching a series of three webinars on the right to clean air and access to justice.

  • Access to justice references in the Green New Deal

    On 11th December, the European Commission adopted a communication which sets out the new European Green Deal Mrs Von Der Leyen had promised.

  • Court of Justice upholds public notice requirements

    On 7 November 2019, the CJEU clarified the obligations of Member State authorities to notify local residents and NGOs of participation procedures and permitting decisions on major infrastructure projects