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EU Commission announces environmental legal action. ClientEarth lawyers react.
On 3 July 2019, the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee published its draft findings regarding an Irish communication on a decision to extend a quarry permit by 5 years.
In an appeal against a Commission internal review decision, the General Court has set restrictive criteria regarding the arguments that can be raised before it to challenge the act subject to internal review.
Seminars on access to justice were given in Berlin, Madrid and Brussels as part of the A2J EARL project.
On 4 June 2019 Dunja Mijatović, the Commissioner for Human Rights, released a comment on the connection between human rights and the environment.
As part of the Life Access to Justice for a Greener Europe project, we have developed an interactive platform on Access to Justice for public interest lawyers and civil servants in Estonia, Hungary and Poland.
ClientEarth has lodged an official complaint with the European Commission over what we say is illegal management of protected North Sea nature reserves, which have been left decimated by damaging fishing practices.
Lawyers from ClientEarth have helped launch a High Court challenge to the UK government’s Brexit laws, over sweeping new powers that may weaken protection for seas and wildlife in the UK.
Find out more about recent case-law, events and resources on access to justice in environmental matters.
EU Advocate General supports islanders’ plea for justice – If you could not have known, it does not count
The Advocate General Kokott gave its opinion concerning the obligations of Member State authorities to notify local residents and NGOs of participation procedures and permitting decisions on major infrastructure projects.
On 8 May 2019, the General Court rejected as inadmissible what has become known as “The People’s Climate Case.”
Following widespread criticism in recent years, reforms of the controversial arbitration mechanism are underway at international level.
ACCC/C/2014/104 (Netherlands) : findings on a communication related to the timely extension of operation of Borssele nuclear power plant in the Netherlands.
The CJEU published the Opinion of AG Kokott concerning a preliminary reference from the Belgian Constitutional Court about a life-time extension of two nuclear power plant reactors without prior environmental impact assessment.
New Aarhus findings: ACCC/C/2014/100 (UK) – Committee explains public participation requirements for plans/programmes
Last week, the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee has published its findings on communication ACCC/C/2014/100 (United Kingdom) concerning the controversial “High Speed 2” rail project from London to the West Midlands, Manchester and Leeds.
In a disappointing judgment, the Court of Justice of the EU has recently ruled that the investment court system in the Canadian EU trade agreement is compatible with EU law.
Find out more about recent case-law, reports from the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee and our project resources.
In Poland and Bulgaria, citizens and NGOs concerned about air pollution have been denied standing to bring a legal challenge.
In March 2019, the Spanish Supreme Court ruled in an unprecedented order that court costs should not be a barrier to access to justice for environmental NGOs.
The General Court of the EU rejected a case brought by the Brussels region to challenge the Commission’s regulation renewing the authorisation of glyphosate.
At the end of February, the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee published its first set of “Progress Reviews”. These analyse to what extent Parties found to have breached the Convention have remedied those failures.
Read about our new legal guide to protecting the environment, rivers given legal rights and other important updates from Spain and Hungary.
The European Commission is organising a public consultation on how the EU should implement the access to justice provisions of the Aarhus Convention.
Two judgments handed down by the Hungarian Supreme Court (Kúria) in February will affect environmental cases going forward.