European Union archive

  • We challenge EU’s lack of transparency around fishing quotas

    We are challenging the lack of transparency and public scrutiny around European decisions that set unsustainable fishing quotas behind closed doors.

  • ClientEarth CEO named one of ‘world’s most influential people in climate policy’

    James Thornton, founder and CEO of ClientEarth, has joined David Attenborough and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a list of the World’s Most Influential People in Climate Policy.

  • Access to Justice update from ClientEarth and Justice & Environment

    Read about our new legal guide to protecting the environment, rivers given legal rights and other important updates from Spain and Hungary.

  • Access to Justice update from ClientEarth and Justice & Environment

    The European Commission is organising a public consultation on how the EU should implement the access to justice provisions of the Aarhus Convention.

  • Janus-faced Supreme Court: Two recent rulings impact on Hungary’s environmental case law

    Two judgments handed down by the Hungarian Supreme Court (Kúria) in February will affect environmental cases going forward.

  • Legal rights of rivers – an international trend?

    On 30 January 2019, the High Court of Bangladesh recognized the river Turag as a living entity with legal rights and held that the same would apply to all rivers in Bangladesh. This monumental decision is the latest example of a trend towards according rights to nature.

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    EU Tribunal deems lead chromates authorisation illegal

    A European Commission decision to allow a Canadian company to sell pigments for paints containing highly dangerous chemicals has today been deemed illegal.

  • IIDMA appeals a decision of the Spanish Supreme Court to uphold its right to legal aid

    In January 2019, the Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Medio Ambiente appealed a decision of the Spanish Supreme Court which ordered it to bear the costs of a dismissed lawsuit.

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    Brussels government under pressure over dirty air, after Opinion from EU top court advisor

    The Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU has today published an opinion, which piles pressure on the Brussels regional government to protect the health of people in the city.

  • ClientEarth launches European legal guide to protecting the environment

    ClientEarth lawyers have launched a guide to assist legal professionals and organisations in Europe take legal action to protect the environment.

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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.