European Union archive

  • European Green Deal latest – new commitments on food and nature

    The EU has published the highly anticipated Farm to Fork Strategy and Biodiversity Strategy this week, shaping the future of food systems and nature protection in the Union.

  • We’re tackling unseen air pollution in Germany

    We’ve launched a legal challenge against the German Federal Government over its continued failures to clean up dangerous air pollution across the country.

  • Access to justice update from ClientEarth and Justice&Environment

    Read our latest access to justice updates!

  • A first win in our plastics fight in Antwerp

    Taking a stand against unnecessary plastic – our first win in Antwerp.

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    Pressure mounts on EU council to be more transparent

    In a win for democracy and transparency, the EU Ombudsman has criticised the Council of the European Union following our legal complaint over transparency.

  • Webinar 8 – Enforcing the Habitats Directive in national courts

    This webinar provides an overview of the legal framework that applies to individuals and NGOs seeking to enforce the Habitats Directive in national courts.

  • Energy Pylon

    Energy Charter Treaty Reform – a missed opportunity to support the EU’s climate action and the clean energy transition

    ClientEarth’s lawyers have written to the Vice President of the European Commission calling for a more ambitious reform of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT).

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    How to clean up coal in Europe – five minutes with our lawyer, Maria Jolie Veder

    ClientEarth uses law to tackle the climate crisis. We pair up with lawyers and charities throughout Europe to fight dirty coal. Maria Jolie Veder, one of our energy lawyers, tells us how we work with local experts to help people take on polluting coal.

  • Commission takes first step towards better NGO access to the European Court of Justice

    On 6 March, the European Commission published a Roadmap proposing an amendment of the Aarhus Regulation

  • Spain organizes 2nd training on access to justice

    IIDMA held the second access to justice training session in Spain, targeting a wide range of professionals from the legal sector, especially lawyers.

  • The Court of Justice of the EU continues to exclude EU citizens from EU external relations

    In an ‘unfortunate’ ruling, the Court of justice of the EU (CJEU) has decided to continue excluding members of the public from the debate on investment courts, despite the threat this arbitration system represents for the rule of law and the environment.

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    EUTR News – March 2019 to March 2020

    This issue of the EUTR News provides an update on the operation of the EU’s law to address illegal logging, from March 2019 to March 2020.

  • COVID-19: ClientEarth Europe offices closed

    In order to protect our staff, our offices across Europe have closed and our staff are working from home. The fight against climate change has not stopped and we are continuing to do all that we can to protect people, nature and planet.

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    We’re taking action as public money used to evict people for coal in Romania

    Our lawyers and Bankwatch Romania have submitted a complaint to the European Commission after the Romanian government funded evictions of homeowners by a coal company.

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    Two biggest recipients of EU fisheries fund misused EU tax payer money, report finds

    In a recent report, we found that France and Spain have so far failed to use the EU Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) in conservation efforts to end overfishing and restore the marine environment.

  • Access to justice update from ClientEarth and Justice and Environment

    Latest updates on access to justice in Europe

  • Of Munich’s Air and Prisons: New Court of Justice Ruling on Effective Remedies

    Shortly before Christmas, the Court of Justice (CJEU) rendered judgement on a preliminary reference from the Higher Administrative Court of Bavaria.

  • Two recent judgments in Hungary clarify the environmental liability regime

    In the last months of 2019, two judgments were made by Hungarian courts that clarify certain aspects of environmental liability.

  • POSTPONED: EU-wide conference on access to justice in environmental matters

    Sign up now for our EU-wide conference on access to justice in environmental matters !

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    Romania facing legal action over destruction of Europe’s last natural forests

    The Romanian government has repeatedly failed to meet its legal obligations to protect Europe’s last natural forests from logging. Together with EuroNatur and Agent Green, we filed a complaint against the country’s authorities to the European Commission.

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    The end of Poland’s last new coal plant?

    Major Polish energy firms Enea and Energa have announced they will suspend funding to, and construction of, the country’s last planned new coal plant, Ostroleka C, over economic concerns.

  • Advocate General opinion suggests restricting Member State discretion to set standing criteria for individuals

    This opinion from Advocate General Hogan considers significant questions relating to access to justice under both the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive and the Water Framework Directive.

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    The environmental impact of Brexit

    On Friday 31st January the UK will begin the process of cutting ties with the European Union, its laws and its institutions. But what does Brexit mean for the UK’s environment?

  • Access to justice update from ClientEarth and Justice&Environment December 2019

    Find out more about the latest updates on access to justice