Locations archive

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    EU court: national authorities must disapply national rules that are contrary to EU law

    The Court of Justice of the EU confirmed that national bodies that apply EU law in the exercise of their powers must be able to disapply conflicting provisions of national law.

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    Cities as the new environmental watchdog in the EU?

    The CJEU held on 13 December that cities have standing to challenge acts of the Commission that affect their regulatory powers.

  • Flags at the CJEU

    ClientEarth defends Brussels residents’ right to breathe clean air before the EU’s top court

    ClientEarth and local residents moved one step closer to protecting the right of Brussels citizens to breathe clean air at a hearing at the EU’s top court.

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    ClientEarth heads to top EU court to defend Brussels residents’ right to clean air

    ClientEarth and five local residents will take their air pollution case against the Brussels regional government to the EU’s top court.

  • broad stretch of coal mine germany

    Experts call for German coal phase out law to avoid ‘legal shambles’

    “The German coal phase out is of major importance for global climate protection, but also for Germany’s future and its role in the world.”

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    2018: A remarkable year in review

    From coal court cases to saving ancient forests, we’ve taken a look back over some of this year’s achievements.

  • lone standing tree poland

    Ostroleka C owners ‘on a financial tightrope’ ahead of capacity market auction

    ClientEarth has issued a further legal warning to Polish energy companies Enea and Energa as they prepare to bid for state subsidies for controversial coal power plant Ostrołęka C.

  • Cyclist up hill on grey day in nature

    UK Government announces Environment Bill: ClientEarth reaction

    ClientEarth law and policy advisor Tom West reacts to the UK government’s new environment legislation, which establishes a new, independent environment body and creates a statutory framework for environmental principles.

  • rough seas

    EU fishing limits jeopardise 2020 sustainable fishing deadline

    Overfishing remains a key concern for Europe’s seas, after EU fishing ministers again set fishing quotas that disregard scientific advice and the law.

  • boat in the sunset

    No time for further delays in meeting 2020 sustainability deadline

    In less than a week, fisheries ministers from across the European Union will head to Brussels to set next year’s catch limits for fish stocks in the Northeast Atlantic and North Sea.

  • Underside of car engine

    Cities win challenge to protect people’s health against weakening of car emission limits

    The Court of Justice of the EU has today ordered the European Commission to reverse a decision that allowed car manufacturers to exceed emission limits during on-road tests.

  • Pile of shrimp

    Majority of seafood in Spanish fish markets breaches labelling laws, report finds

    New report finds up to 70% of all seafood sold at fish markets in Spain are currently in serious breach of mandatory seafood labelling regulations.

  • People at Hong Kong fish market

    UK support helps new Hong Kong Sustainable Seafood Coalition to launch

    Following the success of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) in the UK, the launch of the Hong Kong Sustainable Seafood Coalition (HKSSC) demonstrates how the collaborative model can be replicated around the world.

  • Crashing wave against rock

    Vanuatu calls for loss and damage climate change fund

    Vanuatu is calling for a new ‘loss and damage fund’ to ensure payments from those most responsible for climate change go towards those most affected by climate disasters.

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    Access to justice update from ClientEarth and Justice and Environment

    Find out more about Austria latest access to justice developments, IIDMA’s appeal to the Spanish constitutional court and Via Iuris analysis on a Slovak regional court decision to stop a gold mining enterprise.

  • Celebrating 12 years of Winsome McIntosh’s board leadership at ClientEarth

    Winsome McIntosh, ClientEarth’s founding chair, has stepped down after more than 12 years leading our board of trustees. During her tenure, the organisation has transformed from a start-up charity into one of the most effective organisations in the environmental sector.

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    ClientEarth reports Bulgarian capacity mechanism to European Commission

    As subsidies for fossil fuels come under increasing scrutiny in the EU, Bulgaria faces a legal challenge over its unwavering support to coal.

  • Power plant, Krakow, Poland

    New report: Poland’s energy future at a crossroads as it trails behind EU peers

    A new report by ClientEarth shows Poland is trailing behind other EU countries in phasing out fossil fuels in favour of renewable energy.

  • Pollution from an industry factory

    EU Parliament sets obstacles to collective action for victims of corporate harm

    Members of the European Parliament have voted today to weaken a proposal from the Commission on EU collective redress, undermining the possibility for European citizens to defend themselves against illegal actions by companies, lawyers say.

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    Aarhus+20 and the first Hungarian training in the EARL project

    In Hungary, a meeting was organised by the Ombudsman and EMLA to celebrate the Aarhus Convention and start the series of trainings on access to justice.

  • orange tractor against rural landscape

    Farmer turns to court to block new Bulgarian coal mine

    As COP24 kicks off, coal is on trial in the courts again – this time, in Bulgaria.

  • Slovak regional Court stops Gold mining enterprise

    In October 2018, a Slovak regional court ruled that a mining company did not qualify for a permit to mine gold, putting a temporary end to a project that raised serious environmental concerns.

  • Access to Justice in Austria : One step forward, two steps back

    Austria takes first steps towards implementing the provisions of the Aarhus Convention on access to justice, but concedes limited rights for environmental organisations.

  • night sky refinery lights

    The legal perspective: Climate change’s influence on future business ventures

    “It is in your commercial interests to limit warming. This gives you legal cover to act, and legal risk if you choose not to.” Head of ClientEarth’s Climate programme Alice Garton addresses the  European Refining and Technology Conference.