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For six decades, lignite – the dirtiest and once the cheapest form of coal – has been the driving force of Greece’s economy. Today, lignite has become inefficient and costly. It’s time to clean up coal.
EU Commission announces environmental legal action. ClientEarth lawyers react.
Read about our latest analysis, project updates, and other tools available for you.
The EU can help tackle deforestation, environmental harm and human rights abuses by introducing mandatory due diligence – rules which require companies to identify and prevent the negative impact of their operations and supply chains.
On 3 July 2019, the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee published its draft findings regarding an Irish communication on a decision to extend a quarry permit by 5 years.
On 26 June 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) held that citizens can challenge the lack of adequate air quality plans.
Why is everyone so worried about coal, and is there a clean alternative? Europe has over 250 coal power stations, and is building more. Read on to find out why this is bad for the planet, and how we can stop dirty coal.
This issue of the EUTR News provides an update on the operation of the EU’s law to address illegal logging, from April to June 2019.
Today, we have jointly called on the European Commission to take legal action against 15 EU governments for failing in their legal duty to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises in the North East Atlantic from capture in fishing nets.
In an appeal against a Commission internal review decision, the General Court has set restrictive criteria regarding the arguments that can be raised before it to challenge the act subject to internal review.
The new law, which follows a dangerous trend of undermining the independence of judges also seen in Poland, has been postponed “for an indefinite time”.
Seminars on access to justice were given in Berlin, Madrid and Brussels as part of the A2J EARL project.
On 4 June 2019 Dunja Mijatović, the Commissioner for Human Rights, released a comment on the connection between human rights and the environment.
Europe’s top court has backed Brussels citizens and ClientEarth in our fight for clean air in the Belgian capital with a judgment today.
ClientEarth has lodged an official complaint with the European Commission over what we say is illegal management of protected North Sea nature reserves, which have been left decimated by damaging fishing practices.
We have launched a series of legal toolkits to assist legal professionals and organisations in eight European countries take legal action to protect the environment.
In a groundbreaking judgement, the European Court of Justice revoked the authorisation of lead chromate in paint and deemed it illegal.
We have supported our partners Greenpeace Romania to launch a legal challenge to force authorities to consider the huge negative environmental impacts of Romania’s notorious coal polluter Rovinari.
Find out more about recent case-law, events and resources on access to justice in environmental matters.
EU Advocate General supports islanders’ plea for justice – If you could not have known, it does not count
The Advocate General Kokott gave its opinion concerning the obligations of Member State authorities to notify local residents and NGOs of participation procedures and permitting decisions on major infrastructure projects.
On 8 May 2019, the General Court rejected as inadmissible what has become known as “The People’s Climate Case.”