European Union archive

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    No time for further delays in meeting 2020 sustainability deadline

    In less than a week, fisheries ministers from across the European Union will head to Brussels to set next year’s catch limits for fish stocks in the Northeast Atlantic and North Sea.

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    Cities win challenge to protect people’s health against weakening of car emission limits

    The Court of Justice of the EU has today ordered the European Commission to reverse a decision that allowed car manufacturers to exceed emission limits during on-road tests.

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    Access to justice update from ClientEarth and Justice and Environment

    Find out more about Austria latest access to justice developments, IIDMA’s appeal to the Spanish constitutional court and Via Iuris analysis on a Slovak regional court decision to stop a gold mining enterprise.

  • Celebrating 12 years of Winsome McIntosh’s board leadership at ClientEarth

    Winsome McIntosh, ClientEarth’s founding chair, has stepped down after more than 12 years leading our board of trustees. During her tenure, the organisation has transformed from a start-up charity into one of the most effective organisations in the environmental sector.

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    ClientEarth reports Bulgarian capacity mechanism to European Commission

    As subsidies for fossil fuels come under increasing scrutiny in the EU, Bulgaria faces a legal challenge over its unwavering support to coal.

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    EU Parliament sets obstacles to collective action for victims of corporate harm

    Members of the European Parliament have voted today to weaken a proposal from the Commission on EU collective redress, undermining the possibility for European citizens to defend themselves against illegal actions by companies, lawyers say.

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    Aarhus+20 and the first Hungarian training in the EARL project

    In Hungary, a meeting was organised by the Ombudsman and EMLA to celebrate the Aarhus Convention and start the series of trainings on access to justice.

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    Farmer turns to court to block new Bulgarian coal mine

    As COP24 kicks off, coal is on trial in the courts again – this time, in Bulgaria.

  • Slovak regional Court stops Gold mining enterprise

    In October 2018, a Slovak regional court ruled that a mining company did not qualify for a permit to mine gold, putting a temporary end to a project that raised serious environmental concerns.

  • Access to Justice in Austria : One step forward, two steps back

    Austria takes first steps towards implementing the provisions of the Aarhus Convention on access to justice, but concedes limited rights for environmental organisations.

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    The legal perspective: Climate change’s influence on future business ventures

    “It is in your commercial interests to limit warming. This gives you legal cover to act, and legal risk if you choose not to.” Head of ClientEarth’s Climate programme Alice Garton addresses the  European Refining and Technology Conference.

  • IIDMA appeals to the Spanish Constitutional Court to uphold its right to an effective remedy

    On 12 July 2018, the State Supreme Court of Spain rejected a case filed by the Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Medio Ambiente (IIDMA) in 2017 against the Spanish Transitional National Plan (TNP) for large combustion plants.

  • Improving EU Fisheries Control system through harmonised sanctions and more transparency

    The EU Fisheries Control System is currently undergoing a revision process: the proposal from the European Commission has been published in May 2018 and both the Council and the European Parliament are currently working on this file.

  • Budapest, Hungary

    Budapest government faces legal challenge over dismal air quality plan

    Environmental organisations have taken legal action against the authorities of Hungary’s capital, Budapest over illegal and harmful levels of air pollution in the city.

  • Political will is needed to halt European marine habitat neglect

    Environmental experts are warning that marine life across Europe is being harmed because EU member states are neglecting to actively manage their marine protected areas.

  • Bratislava, Slovakia

    Slovak court defends citizens’ right to clean air in Bratislava

    Residents in Slovakia’s capital have won their court battle for clean air after a court ruled that the city’s Air Quality Plan breaches both Slovak and European laws.

  • Access to justice update from ClientEarth and Justice and Environment

    Find out more about the battle for collective redress, our analysis on the recent case law and our upcoming events!

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    EUTR News – June to October 2018

    This issue of the EUTR News provides an update on the operation of the EU’s law to address illegal logging, from June to October 2018.

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    Bulgarian government conceals coal plant danger data from public, flouting court order

    Bulgaria is set to give its largest coal plant permission to flout new, tighter EU industrial pollution laws designed to protect people’s health.

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    Germany clocks up further diesel bans as government tries to thwart courts

    Cologne and Bonn must introduce restrictions on diesel vehicles, as courts continue to be the main defender of people’s health from air pollution.

  • Upcoming Access to justice events in Hungary and France

    Two major events on Access to justice will be held before the end of the year in Hungary and France, as part of the ATOJ-EARL project.

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    ClientEarth standing in Nord Stream 2 development permits cases

    ClientEarth has taken legal action against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline extension, a project to build and operate a new twin pipeline from Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany.

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    Article 9(3) of the Aarhus Convention remains a dead letter in the European Union legal order

    The Court of Justice of the EU has ruled that the Commission was right to reject a request for internal review from the NGO Mellifera regarding the authorisation of glyphosate.

  • Local community voices to be heard in illegal Romanian gold mine litigation

    Public interest law organizations filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the Roşia Montană community affected by an illegal gold mine project in Romania.