Access to justice is a fundamental means through which citizens and NGOs can support the implementation and enforcement of laws and policies to protect the environment. Access to Justice for a Greener Europe focuses on raising awareness about the legal possibilities available for citizens and NGOs to help protect the environment through access to justice.
Managed by ClientEarth and Justice & Environment over eight European states, the project aims to improve the implementation and enforcement of environmental law in EU countries by making sure the public can challenge law breaking in court.
Making sure Europeans can bring environmental cases to court is the goal of the “Access to Justice for a greener Europe” (A2J EARL) project.
Updates & Events
Supreme Administrative Court of Poland denies local resident the right to challenge air quality program
In January 2018 the Supreme Administrative Court of Poland upheld the decision of the Regional Administrative Court denying standing to a resident, to challenge the air quality program adopted by the Silesian Regional Assembly.
Two interesting and very welcomed initiatives pushing for more access to justice in environmental matters have been initiated by “Brussels”.
The Council is considering relying on Article 241 TFEU to request the European Commission to propose to amend legislation on access to justice.
Commission report highlights lack of EU commitment towards ensuring collective redress for environmental protection
The Commission has just published a report on the uptake by member states of its Recommendation on Collective Redress.