Access to justice for a greener Europe archive
Read about our latest analysis, project updates, and other tools available for you.
On 26 June 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) held that citizens can challenge the lack of adequate air quality plans.
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.
The new law, which follows a dangerous trend of undermining the independence of judges also seen in Poland, has been postponed “for an indefinite time”.
Seminars on access to justice were given in Berlin, Madrid and Brussels as part of the A2J EARL project.
The webinar “Challenging non-disclosure of environmental information” will be held on September 26 2019 from 12.30 to- 1:30 pm GMT+1.
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.
We have launched a series of legal toolkits to assist legal professionals and organisations in eight European countries take legal action to protect the environment.
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.”
Polish seminars on Access to justice and the role of NGOs and the preliminary ruling procedure in the field of environmental protection
ClientEarth Polish office organised two seminars in Katowice and Krakow on Access to justice and the role of NGOs and the preliminary ruling procedure in the field of environmental protection.
As part of the access to justice for a greener Europe project, Via Iuris organised two seminars for judges in Slovakia.
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.
ClientEarth lawyers have launched a guide to assist legal professionals and organisations in Europe take legal action to protect the environment.
On 30 January 2019, the High Court of Bangladesh recognized the river Turag as a living entity with legal rights and held that the same would apply to all rivers in Bangladesh. This monumental decision is the latest example of a trend towards according rights to nature.