European Union archive

  • The Court of Justice of the EU continues to exclude EU citizens from EU external relations

    In an ‘unfortunate’ ruling, the Court of justice of the EU (CJEU) has decided to continue excluding members of the public from the debate on investment courts, despite the threat this arbitration system represents for the rule of law and the environment.

  • wood pile

    EUTR News – March 2019 to March 2020

    This issue of the EUTR News provides an update on the operation of the EU’s law to address illegal logging, from March 2019 to March 2020.

  • COVID-19: ClientEarth Europe offices closed

    In order to protect our staff, our offices across Europe have closed and our staff are working from home. The fight against climate change has not stopped and we are continuing to do all that we can to protect people, nature and planet.

  • Excavators at a mining area

    We’re taking action as public money used to evict people for coal in Romania

    Our lawyers and Bankwatch Romania have submitted a complaint to the European Commission after the Romanian government funded evictions of homeowners by a coal company.

  • photo of fisherman to illustrate story saying Commission fishing quota proposal ignores scientist call to catch 60% less plaice

    Two biggest recipients of EU fisheries fund misused EU tax payer money, report finds

    In a recent report, we found that France and Spain have so far failed to use the EU Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) in conservation efforts to end overfishing and restore the marine environment.

  • Access to justice update from ClientEarth and Justice and Environment

    Latest updates on access to justice in Europe

  • Of Munich’s Air and Prisons: New Court of Justice Ruling on Effective Remedies

    Shortly before Christmas, the Court of Justice (CJEU) rendered judgement on a preliminary reference from the Higher Administrative Court of Bavaria.

  • Two recent judgments in Hungary clarify the environmental liability regime

    In the last months of 2019, two judgments were made by Hungarian courts that clarify certain aspects of environmental liability.

  • POSTPONED: EU-wide conference on access to justice in environmental matters

    Sign up now for our EU-wide conference on access to justice in environmental matters !

  • Logging road surrounded by heavy forest

    Romania facing legal action over destruction of Europe’s last natural forests

    The Romanian government has repeatedly failed to meet its legal obligations to protect Europe’s last natural forests from logging. Together with EuroNatur and Agent Green, we filed a complaint against the country’s authorities to the European Commission.

  • Three beige towers of a power plant

    The end of Poland’s last new coal plant?

    Major Polish energy firms Enea and Energa have announced they will suspend funding to, and construction of, the country’s last planned new coal plant, Ostroleka C, over economic concerns.

  • Advocate General opinion suggests restricting Member State discretion to set standing criteria for individuals

    This opinion from Advocate General Hogan considers significant questions relating to access to justice under both the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive and the Water Framework Directive.

  • Westminster

    The environmental impact of Brexit

    On Friday 31st January the UK will begin the process of cutting ties with the European Union, its laws and its institutions. But what does Brexit mean for the UK’s environment?

  • Access to justice update from ClientEarth and Justice&Environment December 2019

    Find out more about the latest updates on access to justice

  • Access to justice update from ClientEarth and Justice&Environment

  • Series of webinars “Right to clean air and access to justice” January – February 2020

    We are launching a series of three webinars on the right to clean air and access to justice.

  • Coal Power Plant in Greece

    Major court win brings the end to Greek lignite era ever closer

    Following legal action Greece has ruled to annul the environmental permits for two state-owned lignite-fired power plants. This is the new normal in a country that is speeding towards a coal phase-out.

  • tree chopped cut

    EUTR News – October to December 2019

    This issue of the EUTR News provides an update on the operation of the EU’s law to address illegal logging, from October to December 2019.

  • Air Pollution in Munich

    What will it take to clean up Munich’s air?

    In a multi-year legal battle we’re fighting for Munich citizens’ right to breathe clean air and have taken the case all the way to Europe’s top court. The ruling came in today and the outlook for Bavaria isn’t good.

  • Re-election of Emily O’Reilly as EU Ombudsman: what has she achieved?

    On 18 December the European Parliament re-elected Emily O’Reilly for a second term as the European Ombudsman.

  • Access to justice references in the Green New Deal

    On 11th December, the European Commission adopted a communication which sets out the new European Green Deal Mrs Von Der Leyen had promised.

  • Court of Justice upholds public notice requirements

    On 7 November 2019, the CJEU clarified the obligations of Member State authorities to notify local residents and NGOs of participation procedures and permitting decisions on major infrastructure projects

  • Court of Justice comes down hard on persistent failures to assess the environmental impacts of projects

    This judgment clarifies Member States’ obligations when a project has been permitted and work has commenced without prior environmental impact assessment (EIA)

  • 17 December 2019

    Workshop: A critical assessment of the EU State aid framework for energy efficiency, district heating & cooling and co-generation

    Workshop: Is the existing State aid framework in support of the decarbonisation of Europe? A critical assessment of the EU State aid framework for energy efficiency, district heating & cooling and co-generation.