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  • New Aarhus draft findings: Life-time extensions of quarries require public participation

    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.

  • Court of Justice of the EU backs Brussels citizens’ right to clean air

    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.

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    Does Europe have a coal problem?

    Why is everyone so worried about coal, and is there a clean alternative? Europe has over 250 coal power stations, and is building more. Read on to find out why this is bad for the planet, and how we can stop dirty coal.

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    EUTR News – April to June 2019

    This issue of the EUTR News provides an update on the operation of the EU’s law to address illegal logging, from April to June 2019.

  • We call on European Commission to take legal action over huge number of whale and dolphin deaths

    Today, we have jointly called on the European Commission to take legal action against 15 EU governments for failing in their legal duty to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises in the North East Atlantic from capture in fishing nets.

  • Internal review procedure: the General Court places further restrictions on access to justice

    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 Hungarian Government retreated in a landmark issue

    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”.

  • Access to justice seminars in Germany, Spain and Belgium – June 2019

    Seminars on access to justice were given in Berlin, Madrid and Brussels as part of the A2J EARL project.

  • Challenging non-disclosure of environmental information – sign up for our webinar

    The webinar “Challenging non-disclosure of environmental information” will be held on September 26 2019 from 12.30 to- 1:30 pm GMT+1.

  • ClientEarth lawyer Domnique Doyle in London Fields

    Coal in Europe – five minutes with an environmental lawyer

    We sat down with ClientEarth lawyer Dominique Doyle to find out why coal is key in the fight to protect the planet.

  • Commissioner for Human Rights states environmental degradation is a violation of human rights

    On 4 June 2019 Dunja Mijatović, the Commissioner for Human Rights, released a comment on the connection between human rights and the environment.

  • Interactive platform on Access to Justice

    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.

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    Clean air closer for Brussels after top EU court ruling

    Europe’s top court has backed Brussels citizens and ClientEarth in our fight for clean air in the Belgian capital with a judgment today.

  • Lawyers allege illegal fishing activities in North Sea nature reserve

    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.

  • Environmental groups launch Brexit regulation court challenge over wildlife risk

    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.

  • David Gilmour donates auction proceeds to ClientEarth

    David Gilmour donates proceeds from guitar auction to ClientEarth

    Musical legend David Gilmour has announced that he will donate the money raised from the sale of his collection of classic guitars to ClientEarth, to support our efforts to fight the climate crisis.

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    Huge court win as we block Polish coal-fired power station

    The long-contested Polnoc coal-fired power plant in Poland will not be built, after a ruling from the Polish Supreme Administrative Court. 

  • coal plant in Germany by mine

    Germany – where coal still comes first

    It’s home to 69 huge coal plants, with another in the making. Hundreds of square kilometres of mines occupy the land, still expanding as coal companies continue to feed giant power plants.

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    Real action now needed to back UK’s net zero goal

    The UK government must now show leadership akin to the international space race to ensure real action backs new net zero laws addressing climate change, say environmental lawyers.

  • Country toolkits on Access to justice

    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.

  • The European Court annulled an authorisation. Here is what we can learn from it

    In a groundbreaking judgement, the European Court of Justice revoked the authorisation of lead chromate in paint and deemed it illegal.

  • Smog-covered village, Romania

    Romania’s dirtiest power plant faces court challenge over unassessed pollution

    We have supported our partners Greenpeace Romania to launch a legal challenge to force authorities to consider the huge negative environmental impacts of Romania’s notorious coal polluter Rovinari.

  • Access to Justice update from ClientEarth and Justice & 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.