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ClientEarth Communications

10th June 2020


Webinar 9 “Enforcing the Industrial Emissions Directive in national courts”

Webinar “Enforcing the Industrial Emissions Directive in national courts”

June 25th 2020, 12:30 – 13:30 pm Brussels time (11.30 am - 12.30 pm London time)

This webinar provides an overview of the legal framework that applies to individuals and NGOs seeking to enforce the Industrial Emissions Directive in national courts. It will focus in particular on litigation directed at coal-fired power plants, with a case example from Bulgaria.

The webinar is organised by ClientEarth with funding from the European Commission Life Programme and is intended for public interest lawyers, judges, public authorities and NGOs.

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Sam Bright, Energy lawyer, Coal lead, ClientEarth
Dominique Doyle, Energy lawyer, ClientEarth
Regina Stoilova, Za Zemiata – Friends of the Earth Bulgaria


Sebastian Bechtel, Environmental Democracy Lawyer, ClientEarth


Presentation 1 - Introduction to the Industrial Emissions Directive and the applicable access to justice framework (20 minutes)
• Brief introduction to the access to justice obligations in the Aarhus Convention and their implementation in EU law under the Industrial Emissions Directive;
• Main access to justice issues related to the Directive.

Presentation 2 - Case study –Litigation concerning the Maritsa East 2 coal-fired power plant in Bulgaria (30 minutes)

Questions from participants

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.