15th November 2019
The webinar “Access to environmental information – how to tackle contentious exceptions” was held on December 5th 2019.
It was organised by ClientEarth within the EARL A2J project and intended for public interest lawyers, judges, public authorities and NGOs.
Presenters : Anne Friel & Sebastian Bechtel, “Environmental Democracy” Programme, ClientEarth
In this webinar, we discussed in detail the exceptions that EU institutions and national public authorities most often rely on to refuse access to environmental information, and equip participants with legal arguments to challenge refusals.
We dealt with the following specific exceptions, discussing what the law says, how this has been developed in the case law and providing case examples:
Access to Justice is a fundamental means through which citizens and NGOs can support the implementation and enforcement of laws and policies to protect the environment. The goal of this ATOJ-EARL project is to achieve “Access to Justice for a Greener Europe”. It strives to enhance access to justice in environmental matters by providing information, training and support for the judiciary, public authorities and lawyers of eight European member states. ClientEarth and Justice and Environment are implementing this project with the financial support of the European Commission’s LIFE instrument.