European Union archive

  • EU fishing boats

    EU ministers’ decision to continue overfishing could face legal challenge

    Our lawyers have warned that European fisheries ministers’ decision to set unsustainable fishing limits for 2020 breaches EU law and could result in legal action.

  • Webinar 4: Step by step practical guide to requesting environmental information from EU bodies and challenging refusals

    This webinar will provide you with a step by step approach to requesting environmental information from EU bodies and challenging refusals.

  • Last training on “Access to justice for a greener Europe” at the Warsaw Bar Association in Poland

    The last of eight trainings under the “Access to justice for a greener Europe” (A2J EARL) project took place on 7 November 2019 at the Warsaw Bar Association.

  • 3 December 2019

    Workshop: Assessment of the EU State aid framework for support to energy intensive industry

    Workshop: Is the existing State aid framework in support of the decarbonisation of Europe? A critical assessment of the EU State aid framework for support to energy intensive industry

  • Hungary organises 3rd training on access to justice

    The event held on the 1st of October was hosted by the Pest County Government Office, the administrative agency that includes the second instance environmental authority in Hungary.

  • The CJEU issued two landmark judgments on the Polish judicial system

    In November 2019 the Court of Justice of the European Union issued two landmark judgments concerning the independence of the judiciary in Poland.

  • Sam Bright is a ‘Rising Star’ at the British Legal Awards

    Our coal lawyer, Sam Bright, has won the ‘Rising Star’ accolade at the British Legal Awards.

  • Environmental activists access EU court by breaking the law

    The case concerned a preliminary reference from the criminal court of Foix, France, regarding the validity of the EU Pesticides Regulation

  • Court of Justice confirms standing of individuals to challenge Nitrate Action Programmes

    The European Court of Justice confirmed that directly concerned individuals have the right to challenge inadequate Nitrate Action Programmes in their national courts

  • Greek Council of State establishes new test for NGO standing in transboundary cases

    On 13 September 2019, the Greek Council of State rendered judgement in a case brought by NGOs against the renewal of the permit of coal-fired power plants Megalapoli A and B.

  • EU Commission lays out options for the EU to comply with the Aarhus Convention : light at the end of the tunnel?

    Last October, the Commission submitted its study to the Council, which has been carried out by consultants, as well as a Commission report on the matter.

  • Webinar 3: Access to environmental information – How to tackle contentious exceptions

    The webinar “Access to environmental information – how to tackle contentious exceptions” will be held on December 5th 2019, from 12:30-1:45GMT+1.

  • Key EU countries are to blame for unsustainable fishing limits – new report

    Key EU countries have repeatedly pushed for unsustainable fishing limits in the North East Atlantic while other countries have failed to stop them, our new report reveals.

  • The European Investment Bank

    Major step forward: European Investment Bank to stop funding fossil fuel projects

    Tomorrow, the Board of the European Investment Bank will vote on a ground-breaking policy to stop funding fossil fuel projects. We’ll be updating this post with the decision and our reaction.

  • ClientEarth Poland trains NGOs on Access to justice

    ClientEarth held its sixth training on Access to justice at the European Commission Representation in Poland

  • coal plant in Germany by mine

    Should German coal companies get cash to close?

    Germany, the home of roughly a third of the EU’s entire coal fleet – that’s nearly 70 coal plants – announced this year that it will phase out coal by 2038.

  • EU watchdog piles pressure on the Council over fishing quota transparency following our complaint

    The EU Ombudsman has demanded the Council of the European Union release more information on fishing quota negotiations between governments.

  • CJEU confirms that environmental impacts of life-time extensions must be assessed

    The CJEU has clarified that Member States authorities are obliged to conduct assessments under both the Environmental Impact Assessment and Habitats Directive when deciding to extend the operating time of polluting infrastructures.

  • Access to justice update from ClientEarth and Justice & Environment

    Read our latest analysis, updates and events on access to justice in Europe.

  • timber

    EUTR News – July to September 2019

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

  • Event 14 November 2019

    Conference: State aid perspectives on the “Coal-to-Clean Transition” in Europe

    Conference organised by ClientEarth and Agora Agora Energiewende on ‘State aid perspectives on the “Coal-to-Clean Transition” in Europe’.

  • Event 22 October

    Workshop: Is the existing State aid framework in support of a decarbonised Europe?

    Workshop: Is the existing State aid framework in support of a decarbonised Europe? A critical assessment of the EU State aid Guidelines for renewable energy sources.

  • Marita - a villager taking on lignite mining in Germany

    #HomesNotCoal – how villagers are using the law to take on lignite mining in Germany

    Germany now has a date for its coal phase out – but for the villagers still threatened by rampant mining, it might take a legal battle to save their homes.

  • Man hauling in fishing net

    France, Denmark and Spain fail to enforce ban on fish discards – new reports

    France, Denmark and Spain are failing to enforce the EU ban on fish discards, threatening European fish stocks and the health of our ocean.