Access to Information archive
The EU Ombudsman has demanded the Council of the European Union release more information on fishing quota negotiations between governments.
ClientEarth has challenged a judgment regarding the European Commission’s decision to keep secret information about controversial investment tribunals in EU international trade deals.
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.
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.
The UK government has refused to make public its strategy to bring down illegal levels of air pollution.
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.
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.
New rules which allow car manufacturers to keep their emissions control systems secret from the public risk another Dieselgate scandal.
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.
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.
The European Union is breaching the law by stopping individuals and campaign groups taking environmental cases to court.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The European Commission has failed to publish its findings following an in-depth review of EU nature laws by its consultants.
The Belgian region of Wallonia has rejected the controversial EU-Canada trade and investment deal known as CETA.
This issue of the European Environemtnal Law Observatory Newsletter covers materials published between July and September 2016.
This issue of the European Environemtnal Law Observatory Newsletter covers materials published between January and July 2016.