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ClientEarth Communications

5th July 2019

Webinar : "Challenging non-disclosure of environmental information in Europe"

The webinar “Challenging non-disclosure of environmental information in Europe” was held on September 26  2019 from 12.30 to 1:30 pm GMT+1.

It was intended for public interest lawyers, judges, public authorities and NGOs and organised by ClientEarth within the EARL A2J project (Access to Justice – Education and Awareness raising of Legal professionals).

We have put this webinar online so you can watch it again. Watch the webinar

This project is funded by the European Commission LIFE programme.

Presenters: Anne Friel & Sebastian Bechtel, “Environmental Democracy” Programme, ClientEarth

Presentation 1 – Overview of how to access environmental information held by public authorities in EU Member States or EU institutions.

  1. What is access to information? Active dissemination and access on request
  2. The special case of environmental information
  3. What is environmental information?
  4. From whom can you request information
  5. Submitting a request for environmental information.
  6. When can public authorities refuse requests for environmental information?

Presentation 2 – How to challenge a public authority’s decision to refuse access to environmental information.

  1. Where to bring your complaint
  2. Grounds of challenging the public authority’s refusal

Download the presentation

This webinar will also be held in December and February.

Improving access to justice for a greener Europe is the goal of the EARL A2J project. Managed by ClientEarth and Justice & Environment over eight European states, it aims to improve the implementation and enforcement of EU environmental law in EU countries by making sure Europeans can challenge environmental lawbreaking in court.

The project focuses on raising awareness about the legal possibilities available for citizens and NGOs. Aside from seminars and webinars, we have launched the following publications:

The project

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.