European Union archive

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    Report: Landmark ruling suggests investor-state dispute settlement illegal in all EU-investment deals

    A report published today by ClientEarth and the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) reveals that the recent Achmea ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) could render investment agreements between the European Union (EU) or its Member States and non-EU countries illegal.

  • Access to Justice update from ClientEarth and Justice & Environment – March 2018

    EDITORIAL : Two recent decisions from national courts in air quality matters in the UK and Germany provide a bright example of why having access to justice is crucial.

  • Slovak Regional Court ignores CJEU case law to deny access to justice

    Via Iuris is going to challenge regional Court’s decision denying citizens legal standing to challenge construction works close to protected areas.

  • CJEU decision on justice costs could threaten access to justice

    The CJEU recently adopted a disappointing interpretation of the rule that judicial procedures should not be prohibitively expensive in Article 11(4) EIA Directive.

  • CJEU rules against the Commission: the health impacts of GMOs can be challenged under the Aarhus Regulation

    In a ground-breaking judgement, the Court of Justice of the EU ruled that the health impacts of GMOs could be challenged under the Aarhus Regulation.

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    The importance of having access to justice to protect the environment and our health

    Two recent decisions from national courts in air quality matters in the UK and Germany provide a bright example of why having access to justice is crucial.

  • ClientEarth gathers legal experts in France to identify priorities on access to justice

    On 3April 2018 ClientEarth held a workshop in Paris on access to justice in environmental matters.

  • Important judgments for clean air in Germany

    Two landmark judgments of the German Federal Administrative Court regarding bans of diesel vehicles in specific areas of cities are a significant step in German environmental protection.

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    Coal plants must pay back €400 million in unlawful subsidies from Spanish government, environmental lawyers insist

    Environmental lawyers are supporting the European Commission’s investigation into coal operators in Spain to decide whether they have to pay back millions in subsidies to the Spanish government.

  • ClientEarth and EEB call on EU Environment ministers to improve access to justice for the public at EU level

    In an open letter sent on April 10 to EU environment ministers gathered in Bulgaria, ClientEarth and the EEB call on the EU to comply with the Aarhus Convention, the UN’s flagship treaty on environmental democracy.

  • Means to improve access to justice in environmental cases discussed during workshop in Poland

    On 21 March 2018, ClientEarth together with the Polish Ombudsman held a national workshop in Warsaw on access to justice in environmental matters.

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    EUTR News – March 2017 to March 2018

    This issue of the EUTR News provides an update on the operation of the EU’s law to address illegal logging, from March 2017 to March 2018.

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    Shell facing climate law suit from Friends of the Earth Netherlands

    Shell has been served legal notice today after Friends of the Earth Netherlands took the first step in a court case over the oil giant’s climate record.

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    ClientEarth and DUH launch 11 more court cases over Germany’s dirty air

    A fresh wave of legal action brings the number of German clean air cases to 30, and may prompt authorities across the country to introduce diesel restrictions.

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    Lawyers launch fresh legal action to hold Stuttgart to diesel bans

    After Stuttgart’s “botched” attempt to appeal against diesel bans, authorities are still stalling on putting them in place.

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    UK government hides air quality strategy while other countries go public

    The UK government has refused to make public its strategy to bring down illegal levels of air pollution.

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    Judges deny Bulgarian power plant expansion over illegal pollution

    The Supreme Administrative Court of Bulgaria has refused Brikel coal power plant permission to increase its coal burning capacity. The court said that the plant had systematically failed to comply with environmental laws.

  • Commission’s behaviour over cosmetics information reprimanded by EU Ombudsman

    The European Commission has been reprimanded for bad behaviour by the EU’s transparency watchdog, over its failure to release chemical data .

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    EU law and endocrine disruptors: a lot remains to be done to prevent harm

    Speaking to the European Parliament today, ClientEarth chemicals lawyer Alice Bernard, said that more needs to be done to identify and ban these chemicals before the expiration of the EU 7th Environment Action Programme in 2020.

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    Analysis: weak enforcement of EU Timber Regulation throughout Europe

    ClientEarth research has found that countries across the EU are not enforcing the EU Timber Regulation properly, risking illegal timber products being put on the European market. 

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    International Day of Forests 2018

    On International Forests Day, we’re reflecting back on some of our achievements over the last year.

  • ID marking on timber for story saying Two new studies pave the way for EU action on deforestation

    Two new studies pave the way for EU action on deforestation

    The European Commission has published two key studies on deforestation, one focusing on palm oil and sustainability certification, the other looking at how to step up EU action on deforestation.

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    Time for countries to make sure the EU Timber Regulation really works

    The EU is one of the world’s largest consumers of timber, but illegal harvesting and trade in illegal timber products can damage forests and the people that rely on them.

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    EU needs to ban unnecessary plastics to protect our oceans

    ClientEarth lawyer Tatiana Lujan, explains that only by phasing out and banning unnecessary plastic will we protect people and the planet.