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Inquiry opened over EU failure to consider environmental and social impacts of South American trade deal
Following our complaint, the European Ombudsman has launched an inquiry into the EU Commission’s trade agreement with the ‘Mercosur’ group of South American countries. This includes our claims that the Commission failed to seriously consider the deal’s environmental, social, and human rights impact.
ClientEarth co-hosted a virtual workshop on green economic recovery on behalf of the bilateral EU – China Environment Project.
If the EU is to reach its climate objectives, it needs to decarbonise its energy system by 2050. What does the future of green energy look like?
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ClientEarth is joining a legal case that could break commercial strongholds in the French energy market, clearing the way for an energy system based on renewable energy and citizen participation.
Court of Justice ensures standing for individuals to challenge breaches of the Water Framework Directive
A number of individuals in Germany sought to challenge a decision to authorise the construction of a new motorway which allowed the developer to discharge rainwater from the road’s surface into three bodies of surface water or into groundwater.
The latest Commission infringement package brings some good news for access to justice.
In early March, just before the onset of the current COVID 19 crisis, the European Commission presented its proposal for a European Climate Law, a flagship initiative under the Green Deal.
Advocate General: Habitats Directive screening applies to temporal extensions of construction permits
This opinion from Advocate General Kokott considers whether an extension of the duration of a construction permit triggers the appropriate assessment obligations in Article 6(3) of the Habitats Directive.
We take action against the EU for failing to consider environmental and social impacts of South American trade deal
The European Commission has ignored its legal obligation to ensure the trade agreement with the ‘Mercosur’ group of South American countries will not lead to social, economic, environmental degradation and human rights violations, our new legal complaint highlights.
Fossil fuel and petrochemical businesses have found a way to monetise the possibility that a global response to climate change might reduce demand for fossil fuels: their plan B is plastic.
This webinar provides an overview of the legal framework that applies to individuals and NGOs seeking to enforce the Industrial Emissions Directive in national courts.
This issue of the EUTR News provides an update on the operation of the EU’s law to address illegal logging, from March to May 2020.
We’ve filed a complaint against the Portuguese government’s plans for a new airport on the country’s most important wetland – home to thousands of protected birds.
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’ve launched a legal challenge against the German Federal Government over its continued failures to clean up dangerous air pollution across the country.
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Taking a stand against unnecessary plastic – our first win in Antwerp.
In a win for democracy and transparency, the EU Ombudsman has criticised the Council of the European Union following our legal complaint over transparency.
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 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).
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.
On 6 March, the European Commission published a Roadmap proposing an amendment of the Aarhus Regulation
IIDMA held the second access to justice training session in Spain, targeting a wide range of professionals from the legal sector, especially lawyers.