Access to Justice for a Greener Europe

Access to Justice for a Greener Europe: Updates & Events

  • 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.

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  • 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

  • Court of Justice comes down hard on persistent failures to assess the environmental impacts of projects

    This judgment clarifies Member States’ obligations when a project has been permitted and work has commenced without prior environmental impact assessment (EIA)

  • Webinar 4: Step by step practical guide to requesting environmental information from EU bodies and challenging refusals

    This webinar will provide you with a step by step approach to requesting environmental information from EU bodies and challenging refusals.

  • Last training on “Access to justice for a greener Europe” at the Warsaw Bar Association in Poland

    The last of eight trainings under the “Access to justice for a greener Europe” (A2J EARL) project took place on 7 November 2019 at the Warsaw Bar Association.

  • Hungary organises 3rd training on access to justice

    The event held on the 1st of October was hosted by the Pest County Government Office, the administrative agency that includes the second instance environmental authority in Hungary.

  • The CJEU issued two landmark judgments on the Polish judicial system

    In November 2019 the Court of Justice of the European Union issued two landmark judgments concerning the independence of the judiciary in Poland.

  • Environmental activists access EU court by breaking the law

    The case concerned a preliminary reference from the criminal court of Foix, France, regarding the validity of the EU Pesticides Regulation

  • Court of Justice confirms standing of individuals to challenge Nitrate Action Programmes

    The European Court of Justice confirmed that directly concerned individuals have the right to challenge inadequate Nitrate Action Programmes in their national courts

  • Greek Council of State establishes new test for NGO standing in transboundary cases

    On 13 September 2019, the Greek Council of State rendered judgement in a case brought by NGOs against the renewal of the permit of coal-fired power plants Megalapoli A and B.

  • EU Commission lays out options for the EU to comply with the Aarhus Convention : light at the end of the tunnel?

    Last October, the Commission submitted its study to the Council, which has been carried out by consultants, as well as a Commission report on the matter.