Europe needs access to justice

The European Commission has launched the Consultation on Access to justice in environmental matters – options for improving access to justice at Member State level.

We run the European Union Aarhus Centre which offers NGOs and citizens’ groups top-level legal advice on their rights to information, participation and justice in environmental matters.

Anaïs Berthier, lawyer at ClientEarth’s Aarhus Centre, welcomed the Commission’s initiative:

“This public consultation is encouraging for environmental and access to justice campaigners. There are multiple legal inconsistencies with access to justice in the different Member States and environmental decision making suffers as a result. We encourage the Commission to rectify these with a proposal for a new directive, despite opposition from Member States.”

“A new directive is needed to effectively transpose the Aarhus Convention in to Member States’ law to provide access to courts, greater accountability of the public authorities, legal certainty and a level playing field. All these guarantees will lead then to enhanced protection of the environment.”


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