Sebastian Bechtel archive

  • New finding : Aarhus Convention applies to life-time extensions of major projects

    ACCC/C/2014/104 (Netherlands) : findings on a communication related to the timely extension of operation of Borssele nuclear power plant in the Netherlands.

  • Advocate General recommends CJEU to correct its Environmental Impact Assessment case law

    The CJEU published the Opinion of AG Kokott concerning a preliminary reference from the Belgian Constitutional Court about a life-time extension of two nuclear power plant reactors without prior environmental impact assessment.

  • New Aarhus findings: ACCC/C/2014/100 (UK) – Committee explains public participation requirements for plans/programmes

    Last week, the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee has published its findings on communication ACCC/C/2014/100 (United Kingdom) concerning the controversial “High Speed 2” rail project from London to the West Midlands, Manchester and Leeds.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    Cities as the new environmental watchdog in the EU?

    The CJEU held on 13 December that cities have standing to challenge acts of the Commission that affect their regulatory powers.

  • The Battle for Collective Redress

    The European Parliament and Council are currently debating the fate of a directive proposal which would permit victims of corporate harm to bring a collective challenge to the courts.

  • Collective redress must be available for European victims of corporate harm

    It is time for Europeans to have the right to act collectively if they are the victim of industry abuse.

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    Court of Justice decides that Irish courts must ensure that court costs are not prohibitive

    The Court of Justice of the EU has held that, in judicial procedures based on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive, national courts must interpret procedural law consistently with the requirement that proceedings must not be prohibitively expensive.

  • What can the Aarhus region learn from the Escazú Agreement?

    At the end of September, the “Latin American Aarhus Convention” will open for signature.

  • Hearing in Luxembourg: Cities challenge Commission’s weakening of emission limits

    On 17 May 2018, Paris, Brussels and Madrid presented their oral pleadings at the EU General Court in Luxembourg in their challenge of Commission Regulation 2016/646 regarding emissions from light passenger and commercial vehicles.