European Union archive

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    Commission’s decision to appeal top EU court diesel ruling “a mistake”: lawyers say

    The European Commission has announced today that it will likely appeal an order from the Court of Justice of the European Union on diesel emissions tests. 

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    EU Parliament-approved investment agreement may be illegal

    Lawyers have warned that a European investment agreement, endorsed yesterday by the EU Parliament, may not be compatible with the law.

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    European fisheries vote undermines sustainable fishing targets

    Environmental lawyers warn that today’s European Parliament vote approving a new fisheries plan for waters off western Europe will jeopardise restoring fish stocks to sustainable levels.

  • Access to Justice update from ClientEarth and Justice and Environment

    Find out more about the case won by 161 Italian citizens before the European Court of Human rights, recent case law from the Court of Justice of the EU and our updates on the project.

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    EUTR News – November 2018 to January 2019

    This issue of the EUTR News provides an update on the operation of the EU’s law to address illegal logging, from November 2018 to January 2019.

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    161 Italian citizens won before the European Court of Human Rights

    The applicants complained about the effects of toxic emissions from the Ilva steel plant in Taranto on the environment and their health, and about the ineffectiveness of domestic remedies.

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    First Polish seminar on access to justice organised at the Ombudsman’s Office

    The barriers and challenges related to access to justice in environmental matters were the subjects of a seminar organized by ClientEarth in the last week of January in the Office of the Ombudsman in Warsaw.

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    General Court considers availability of effective judicial remedies in national courts

    The General Court dismissed an action brought by a Slovak chemicals company against an EU Regulation prohibiting the use of mercury and mercury compounds in certain manufacturing processes.

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    CJEU: Coreper decisions are challengeable under Article 263 TFEU

    This case concerned a challenge by the Commission of a Coreper decision approving the submission of a reflection paper to the annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources.

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    2018: is the tide turning on plastic?

    2018 truly was the year the world started waking up to the dangers posed by plastic waste – here is ClientEarth’s guide to the year that turned the tide for action on plastic.

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    ÖKOBÜRO held first access to justice training in Vienna

    On 17 January 2019, ÖKOBÜRO held the first EARL training in the office of the Environmental Ombudswoman of Vienna (Umweltanwaltschaft Wien).

  • New roadmap targets responsible sourcing improvements in Spanish seafood industry

    A coalition of environmental organisations have today launched a roadmap for the Spanish seafood industry to increase responsible sourcing in its supply chain.

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    Lawyers alert EU authorities as €1.6bn German carbon reduction scheme stalls

    ClientEarth have called on the European Commission to put Germany under scrutiny after it missed the legal deadline to report on whether its €1.6 billion ‘lignite reserve’ scheme was successfully cutting carbon.

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    Commission sends formal warning to Denmark for failing to properly control fisheries

    Environmental organisations ClientEarth and Our Fish have welcomed a decision by the European Commission to follow-up on infringement proceedings against Denmark for failing to properly control fishing practices.

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    ClientEarth partners sue as toxic EU coal plant scores permission to pollute ‘indefinitely’

    If left unchallenged, this decision would expose thousands of people to levels of mercury and sulphur dioxide four times over the legal limit.

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    Access to Justice update from ClientEarth and Justice and Environment

    Find out more about the public consultation on access to justice, Hungarian law on administrative courts, judgments from the CJEU and our new lawyer’s database,

  • Lead in paints: the challenge continues

    ClientEarth and its partner organisations are continuing the fight against the use of two chemicals of high concern in paints.

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    ClientEarth organises a seminar on Access to Justice for the Polish Ombudsman’s lawyers

    The first seminar of the year on Access to justice will be held on January 29th in Poland, as part of the ATOJ-EARL and IVF projects.

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    What will the new Hungarian law on administrative courts bring for access to justice?

    After much protest from the opposition parties in the Parliament, the Government’s overwhelming majority voted in favor of a new law that will set up separate courts for adjudicating in administrative matters.

  • Why we need to reply to the public consultation on access to justice in environmental matters

    The European Commission launched a public consultation on the EU’s implementation of the Aarhus Convention in the area of access to justice.

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    EU’s General Court slaps down industry attempt to fight new pollution laws

    Victory for people’s health across Europe and another step towards a Europe beyond coal as Euracoal denied right to overturn tighter legal emission limits by EU’s General Court.

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    ClientEarth takes EIB to court over failure to review financing

    In a European first, environmental lawyers are taking the European Investment Bank (EIB) to the EU’s highest court for refusing to apply crucial environmental scrutiny to its funding decisions.

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    EU court: national authorities must disapply national rules that are contrary to EU law

    The Court of Justice of the EU confirmed that national bodies that apply EU law in the exercise of their powers must be able to disapply conflicting provisions of national law.

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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.