Long-awaited EU environment law implementation review shows Commission cares little for citizens’ health
The Commission has published a Communication on how the Member States have implemented and applied EU environmental legislation. Ludwig Kramer says this report shows the Juncker Commission simply does not care about citizens’ health.
The European Union is breaching the law by stopping individuals and campaign groups taking environmental cases to court.
The Commission’s fitness checks serve to examine whether directives are still relevant or should be amended, in particular in view of deregulation, and continue to be acceptable to economic operators.
Judgment on access to information contained in electronic databases highlights transparency rules becoming obsolete
The Court of Justice has ruled that the EU’s transparency rules do not allow citizens to access information stored in electronic databases unless there is a pre-existing search tool to extract it.
The Court of Auditors published a report on the implementation of the Birds and Habitats directives. The report concentrates on management, financing and monitoring. The auditing report found deficiencies and gaps in each of the three areas.
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