European Union archive

  • Tractor ploughing the field

    High stakes: Why the future of the EU’s food policy must be green

    As the major job of keeping the population fed puts more and more strain on the planet that keeps us alive, EU leaders face a challenge: making sure producing food and protecting nature are part of the same project – not opposing ones.

  • Fishing nets

    EU overfishing deadline: missed. What now?

    In our new update report, we have taken stock of progress so far towards ending overfishing since 2015 – and the shortcomings that the EU and UK must now urgently address.

  • north sea rig oil gas lights

    Court of Justice confirms Habitats Directive screening applies to temporal extensions of construction permits

    The Court of Justice rendered a judgment clarifying the obligations of Member State authorities under Article 6(3) of the Habitats Directive (92/43) in regard to temporal extensions of construction permits.

  • Webinar: “Access to Justice and the Preliminary Reference Procedure”

    This webinar focuses on the important role that the preliminary reference procedure (Article 267 TFEU) plays within the EU legal framework on access to justice.

  • Justice & Environment organizes 5th EARL Training in Hungary

    Justice & Environment organises 5th training on private nuisance and its environmental implications, public participation, and access to justice in environmental matters and local environmental protection in general.

  • Unprecedented: The Hungarian Constitutional Court grants a future for nature

    In a progressive decision, the Hungarian Constitutional Court has reinforced the country’s nature conservation system. The decision on the 2017 amendment of the Act XXXVII of 2009 on Forest, Forest Protection and Management, published on June 15, 2020, clearly implies that those in charge should protect the environment at the cost of short-term economic profits.

  • Fishing boat

    EU taxpayers’ money should protect fisheries, not keep unsustainable ones afloat

    EU funds that support the fishing and maritime sectors sound like a good idea. But when taxpayers’ money is used to prop up environmentally and economically unsustainable fishing, it’s time these harmful subsidies come to an end.

  • Europe Coal Plant Belchatow

    Huge coal win as judge orders Europe’s largest power plant to work with ClientEarth to close

    Today we launched a legal challenge against Europe’s largest power plant – Belchatow – and two of its mines to demand it stop burning lignite by 2035.

  • traffic at sunset

    Dieselgate, 5 years on: why the fight to know how much your car pollutes is still not over

    The 2015 Dieselgate scandal rocked the car industry, but five years after carmakers were caught cheating vehicle emissions tests, our lawyers argue that little has changed, especially in Europe.

  • EU flags outside of the European Commission building in Brussels

    Key EU Commission speech: gaps between words and action

    EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s State of the Union speech today revealed a worrying discrepancy when it came to the environment.

  • sofa

    Hormone-disrupting chemicals are everywhere. Here’s what the EU should do to protect us

    Endocrine disruptors are so deeply embedded in our daily lives that no one can opt out of exposure. It’s the role of legislators to make sure that our exposure to hazardous chemicals like these is reduced.

  • Flowers in a Field

    Body of Polish case law pertaining to the nature conservation law.

    This body of case law presents the cases issued by the Polish courts in the area of nature protection, in which the collected evidence allowed punishing for environmental crimes and offences.

  • Anargyroi mine

    Fight to save German homes from coal taken to court

    Germany’s coal phase-out contains a plan to decimate further villages – their residents are fighting back.

  • Advocate General: Access to justice for the “public concerned” is not dependent on the exercise of public participation rights

    Advocate General Bobek has advised the Court to confirm that the Aarhus Convention, the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive and the Industrial Emissions Directive guarantee access to justice for the public concerned by a proposed activity, even if they did not take part in the preceding public participation procedure.

  • Sunset with wind turbines

    Lawyers call for greater ambition in European Climate Law

    ClientEarth and other environmental organisations are calling on Members of the European Parliament to support ambitious measures in new EU climate laws, including an emission reduction target of 65%.

  • timber

    EUTR News – June to August 2020

    This issue of the EUTR News provides an update on the operation of the EU’s law to address illegal logging, from June to August 2020.

  • the danube embankment

    A major win for the civil society of Hungary: EU Court rules that NGO Transparency Law is contrary to EU Treaties

    The Hungarian Transparency Law imposing several obligations on NGOs receiving funding from third countries has been judged contrary to the EU Treaties by the EU Court.

  • EU flags outside of the European Commission building in Brussels

    Class Actions for Europe: The Collective Redress Directive

    The European Parliament and the Council reached a final agreement on the text of the Collective Redress Directive. It provides a new legal avenue to enforce EU law intended to protect people and the planet.

  • No space for illegal development – CJEU clarifies EIA and SEA remedies

    A new Court of Justice judgement regarding the interpretation of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Directive provides interesting clarifications as to the consequences if no SEA is carried out before the plan/programme is adopted.

  • Tree in dense forest

    Virtual conference on access to justice in environmental matters

    Sign up now for our virtual conference on access to justice in environmental matter on 15 & 16 October 2020.

  • shipping containers

    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.

  • EU – China Dialogue on Green Deal and Green Economic Recovery

    ClientEarth co-hosted a virtual workshop on green economic recovery on behalf of the bilateral EU – China Environment Project.

  • Solar Panels - a form of renewable energy

    Replacing fossil fuels with green energy

    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?

  • Access to Justice update from ClientEarth and Justice&Environment

    Find out more about the latest case-law on access to justice and sign up to our webinar!