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Our lawyers and Bankwatch Romania have submitted a complaint to the European Commission after the Romanian government funded evictions of homeowners by a coal company.
In a recent report, we found that France and Spain have so far failed to use the EU Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) in conservation efforts to end overfishing and restore the marine environment.
Latest updates on access to justice in Europe
Shortly before Christmas, the Court of Justice (CJEU) rendered judgement on a preliminary reference from the Higher Administrative Court of Bavaria.
In the last months of 2019, two judgments were made by Hungarian courts that clarify certain aspects of environmental liability.
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Advocate General opinion suggests restricting Member State discretion to set standing criteria for individuals
This opinion from Advocate General Hogan considers significant questions relating to access to justice under both the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive and the Water Framework Directive.
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We are launching a series of three webinars on the right to clean air and access to justice.
On 18 December the European Parliament re-elected Emily O’Reilly for a second term as the European Ombudsman.
On 11th December, the European Commission adopted a communication which sets out the new European Green Deal Mrs Von Der Leyen had promised.
On 7 November 2019, the CJEU clarified the obligations of Member State authorities to notify local residents and NGOs of participation procedures and permitting decisions on major infrastructure projects
Court of Justice comes down hard on persistent failures to assess the environmental impacts of projects
This judgment clarifies Member States’ obligations when a project has been permitted and work has commenced without prior environmental impact assessment (EIA)
Webinar 4: Step by step practical guide to requesting environmental information from EU bodies and challenging refusals
This webinar will provide you with a step by step approach to requesting environmental information from EU bodies and challenging refusals.
The last of eight trainings under the “Access to justice for a greener Europe” (A2J EARL) project took place on 7 November 2019 at the Warsaw Bar Association.
In November 2019 the Court of Justice of the European Union issued two landmark judgments concerning the independence of the judiciary in Poland.
The case concerned a preliminary reference from the criminal court of Foix, France, regarding the validity of the EU Pesticides Regulation
The European Court of Justice confirmed that directly concerned individuals have the right to challenge inadequate Nitrate Action Programmes in their national courts
On 13 September 2019, the Greek Council of State rendered judgement in a case brought by NGOs against the renewal of the permit of coal-fired power plants Megalapoli A and B.
EU Commission lays out options for the EU to comply with the Aarhus Convention : light at the end of the tunnel?
Last October, the Commission submitted its study to the Council, which has been carried out by consultants, as well as a Commission report on the matter.
The webinar “Access to environmental information – how to tackle contentious exceptions” will be held on December 5th 2019, from 12:30-1:45GMT+1.
The aim of the meeting was to analyse whether the changes proposed in the draft amendments to the Geological and Mining Law complied with Polish, EU and international law.
ClientEarth held its sixth training on Access to justice at the European Commission Representation in Poland