Access to Information archive

  • EU watchdog piles pressure on the Council over fishing quota transparency following our complaint

    The EU Ombudsman has demanded the Council of the European Union release more information on fishing quota negotiations between governments.

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    Lawyers sue EU Commission for information on legality of trade deal tribunals

    ClientEarth has challenged a judgment regarding the European Commission’s decision to keep secret information about controversial investment tribunals in EU international trade deals.

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    ClientEarth lawyers win ground-breaking legal victory for EU transparency and accountability

    In a landmark judgment for participatory democracy, Europe’s top court has ruled in favour of ClientEarth lawyers in a long-running case for greater transparency in the European Union.

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    Dutch government can keep CO2 aviation rules secret – court rules

    A court in Utrecht has ruled that the Dutch Government does not have to publish a report on how environmental standards for aircrafts are drafted.

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    UK government hides air quality strategy while other countries go public

    The UK government has refused to make public its strategy to bring down illegal levels of air pollution.

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    New legal complaint alleges Greek government failed to consult public over emissions

    The Greek government has breached an international agreement by denying the public their right to be informed of and participate in decisions concerning coal-fired power plants.

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    European Court of Justice confirms presumption of confidentiality covering EU pilot procedure documents

    The European Court of Justice has confirmed the existence of yet another category of documents that can be covered by a presumption of confidentiality.

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    ClientEarth launches legal action to avert another Dieselgate

    New rules which allow car manufacturers to keep their emissions control systems secret from the public risk another Dieselgate scandal.

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    Rule of law scandal rocks EU as Commission calls to reject UN finding

    The Commission is proposing to reject a UN finding that the EU is breaching international law. This is the biggest scandal to hit the EU in 20 years.

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    EU Ombudsman opens inquiry into Council transparency when discussing draft EU legislation

    The Ombudsman’s letter to the Council demonstrates a structured approach to the question of institutional transparency and demands answers to some significant questions on the Council’s current practice.

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    UN rules EU is breaching law by blocking court access

    The European Union is breaching the law by stopping individuals and campaign groups taking environmental cases to court.

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    Judgment on access to information contained in electronic databases highlights transparency rules becoming obsolete

    The Court of Justice has ruled that the EU’s transparency rules do not allow citizens to access information stored in electronic databases unless there is a pre-existing search tool to extract it.

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    Court of Auditors calls for more efforts in implementation of Natura 2000 network

    The Court of Auditors published a report on the implementation of the Birds and Habitats directives. The report concentrates on management, financing and monitoring. The auditing report found deficiencies and gaps in each of the three areas.

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    Commission reports on implementation of waste directives over four years late

    The Commission has published a report on the implementation of the Waste Framework Directive, sewage sludge , packaging and packaging waste, electrical and electronic waste, batteriesand landfills – four years late.

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    Commission breaches EU and international law with continued cover-up of environmental lawbreaking

    The Commission is breaching EU and international law by failing to share reports on environmental law breaking by national governments. ClientEarth has complained to the European Ombudsman.

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    EU watchdog investigating European Investment Bank for maladministration

    The European Investment Bank is being investigated for maladministration, after the European Ombudsman sent a formal letter opening the case this week following a complaint by ClientEarth, CEE Bankwatch Network and Counter Balance.

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    UK facing legal action over cost rules which deter citizens from court

    New rules coming into force today will make it virtually impossible to bring a public interest case to protect the environment, so ClientEarth, Friends of the Earth and the RSPB have started legal proceedings against the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.

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    ClientEarth Environmental Democracy Update, Nov 16 – Jan 17

    This review covers information about how European institutions, member states and others are applying laws and regulations on access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters.

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    Court of Justice includes studies on pesticides and biocides as “information on emissions into the environment”, broadening interpretation in landmark judgments

    Nearly all studies on the effect of a pesticide the environment are assessments of “emissions” according to two groundbreaking new Court of Justice decisions. Analysis from Ludwig Kramer.

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    EU Ombudsman confirms Commission’s practice of refusing “interested parties” access to State aid files

    It is acceptable for the European Commission to withhold information on State aid decisions from ‘interested parties’ Anne Friel comments.

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    EU tensions mount over nature law delay

    The European Commission has failed to publish its findings following an in-depth review of EU nature laws by its consultants.

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    Belgian region halts EU-Canada trade deal

    The Belgian region of Wallonia has rejected the controversial EU-Canada trade and investment deal known as CETA.

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    European Environmental Law Observatory News – September 2016

    This issue of the European Environemtnal Law Observatory Newsletter covers materials published between July and September 2016.

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    European Environmental Law Observatory News – July 2016

    This issue of the European Environemtnal Law Observatory Newsletter covers materials published between January and July 2016.