European Union archive

  • car emerge tunnel highway

    Merkel’s new diesel tactic “impossible under EU law”

    Moving the goalposts is transparently not the way to clean up the air, according to clean air lawyer Ugo Taddei.

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    Sister power plants in Greece face court challenge for disregarding people and planet

    Environmental organisations are mounting a legal challenge against two Greek power plants for their failure to comply with EU, national and international laws.

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    “Time’s up” – diesel bans must take effect in Berlin, rules German judge

    In Germany, diesel bans now been mandated by courts in Stuttgart, Munich, Düsseldorf, Aachen, Frankfurt – and the capital, Berlin.

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    Historic climate litigation result stands after Dutch court victory

    As the UN pushes for urgent climate action, judges reaffirm governments must commit to fighting climate change.

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    Sustainable fishing at risk after catastrophic European Union vote

    The health of Europe’s fisheries in the north-east Atlantic is at stake after a European Parliament committee decided today to postpone the recovery of fish stocks in that area.

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    European port fee change needed to stop dumping at sea

    Legal experts are calling on the European Parliament to support plans for ports to charge a fixed fee to manage waste from incoming ships, to remove the incentive for operators to dump at sea.

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    Court rules against RWE, halting German forest clearance

    Environmental lawyers are calling for a ‘beyond coal’ policy as Hambach ruling sends RWE’s share price plummeting.

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    ClientEarth ranked amongst ‘Top 50 EU law firms’ at FT Innovative Lawyer Awards

    Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have been ranked as the 31st most innovative law firm in Europe at the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Awards.

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    Campaigners challenge Bulgarian state over assault on access to justice

    New laws are part of an “alarming trend” towards the restriction of people’s environmental rights, say legal experts.

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    More transparency needed in deciding food contact material rules

    Legal experts from environmental law charity ClientEarth have joined other key organisations working in the public interest in outlining the current weaknesses of current food contact material regulation.

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    Access to justice update from ClientEarth and Justice and Environment

    Find out more about the People’s climate case, a new project and a citizen’s guide on access to justice

  • Victory Column, Berlin, Germany

    German diesel fix “totally inadequate” say environmental lawyers

    The German government has announced a plan to ‘solve’ the diesel crisis through hardware retrofits and scrappage schemes in an attempt to combat illegal air pollution.

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    A project to assess environmental governance in European countries

    On 26 and 27 September, ClientEarth attended the second workshop on EU project, Development of an Assessment Framework on Environmental Governance in EU Member States.

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    Commission publishes Citizen’s guide to access to justice in environmental matters

    The European Commission has just published a guide to help citizens understand Access to Justice in environmental matters.

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    People’s climate case highlights lack of access to the EU courts

    Thirty-six individuals and one youth organisation have filed an application for annulment with the EU’s General Court claiming that EU legislation on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is unlawful because it fails to prevent climate change.

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    Lawyers sue EU Commission for information on legality of trade deal tribunals

    ClientEarth has challenged a judgment regarding the European Commission’s decision to keep secret information about controversial investment tribunals in EU international trade deals.

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    Improving Access to Justice – Focus on Central Europe

    Justice and Environment and ClientEarth are pleased to announce the launch of a project to further improve access to justice in Central Europe.

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    EU leaders must meet public demand for cleaner transport

    Report shows that momentum is building in Germany and throughout Europe to transition to cleaner transport.

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    Car industry may have conspired to prevent people from breathing clean air

    European Commission opens investigation into whether BMW, Daimler and VW colluded to avoid competition on technology to clean car emissions.

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    Brexit documents highlight the holes for environment in no-deal scenario

    Legal experts from environmental law charity ClientEarth warn that documents released yesterday detailing the government’s contingencies for a no-deal Brexit scenario reveal departments worryingly underprepared to maintain promised environmental protections.

  • Dr. Hermann Ott joins ClientEarth in Germany

    Professor Dr. Hermann Ott has joined ClientEarth to oversee our operations in Germany and help drive our work using the law to protect people and the planet.

  • Beach, Baltic Sea

    ClientEarth moves to block construction of Nord Stream 2 pipeline in Sweden

    ClientEarth has filed a complaint to Sweden’s Supreme Administrative Court to halt the construction of a 510 kilometre-long section of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Swedish waters.

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    Plastic taxes vital to cut pollution, new study finds

    The EU should consider an ambitious set of taxes on plastic in Europe to reduce the overall use in the economy, a new report has found.

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    Frankfurt to become fifth German city to instate diesel ban: fresh court ruling

    “Politicians need to decide on their priority: answering to the car industry or protecting people’s health.”