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ClientEarth Communications

28th September 2018

Commission publishes Citizen’s guide to access to justice in environmental matters

The European Commission has just published a guide to help citizens understand Access to Justice in environmental matters.

Using a frequently asked question’s format, the Citizen’s guide provides answers to basic questions citizens and NGOs may ask on access to justice: what does it mean, what kind of decisions can be challenged and how?

This useful tool serves as a summary of the main findings of the Notice on access to justice in environmental matters adopted by the European Commission in 2017.

A PDF of the Citizen’s guide is available here. If you want a hard copy of it, please send an email to

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.