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  • Re-election of Emily O’Reilly as EU Ombudsman: what has she achieved?

    On 18 December the European Parliament re-elected Emily O’Reilly for a second term as the European Ombudsman.

  • Access to justice references in the Green New Deal

    On 11th December, the European Commission adopted a communication which sets out the new European Green Deal Mrs Von Der Leyen had promised.

  • BP Oil Rig

    Our OECD complaint against BP explained

    In a world-first our lawyers have submitted a complaint of over 100-pages to the UK National Contact Point for the OECD against oil and gas giant BP. Read the details.

  • Boats on a river

    Working with Mekong region governments to support community forestry reforms

    Across the Mekong region, legal and policy reforms on community forestry are underway. This is good news but a couple of essential questions remain to be answered.

  • Court of Justice upholds public notice requirements

    On 7 November 2019, the CJEU clarified the obligations of Member State authorities to notify local residents and NGOs of participation procedures and permitting decisions on major infrastructure projects

  • Oil Rig California

    Fossil fuels and climate change: the facts

    The science is clear – we’re in a climate emergency that fossil fuels are helping to create. Get the facts on fossil fuels and climate change.

  • Court of Justice comes down hard on persistent failures to assess the environmental impacts of projects

    This judgment clarifies Member States’ obligations when a project has been permitted and work has commenced without prior environmental impact assessment (EIA)

  • Solar Panels - a form of renewable energy

    Workshop: A critical assessment of the EU State aid framework for energy efficiency, district heating & cooling and co-generation

    Workshop: Is the existing State aid framework in support of the decarbonisation of Europe? A critical assessment of the EU State aid framework for energy efficiency, district heating & cooling and co-generation.

  • EU fishing boats

    EU ministers’ decision to continue overfishing could face legal challenge

    Our lawyers have warned that European fisheries ministers’ decision to set unsustainable fishing limits for 2020 breaches EU law and could result in legal action.

  • Meeting for China's Green Light System

    How can we make China’s Belt and Road Initiative sustainable? Launching the Green Light System

    In December, ClientEarth co-hosted The Inception Meeting for Joint Research on “Green Development Guidance for Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Projects”, also known as the “Green Light System”.

  • 2019: A year in review

    At ClientEarth, 2019 has been a year of huge successes in the fight for our planet. Here are some of our highlights.

  • Webinar 4: Step by step practical guide to requesting environmental information from EU bodies and challenging refusals

    This webinar will provide you with a step by step approach to requesting environmental information from EU bodies and challenging refusals.

  • Last training on “Access to justice for a greener Europe” at the Warsaw Bar Association in Poland

    The last of eight trainings under the “Access to justice for a greener Europe” (A2J EARL) project took place on 7 November 2019 at the Warsaw Bar Association.

  • Tree in desert

    Pensions savers are holding funds’ feet to the fire on climate

    Pension funds should disclose how they are managing these risks. We have been helping a member of the Shell pension fund in his efforts to get proof that the fund is adequately managing its climate-related risk.

  • Example fossil fuel ads with warning following ClientEarth complaint against BP.

    ClientEarth launches complaint against BP’s climate greenwashing adverts

    ClientEarth has made a world-first complaint against BP, claiming the oil giant’s latest advertising campaign is misleading consumers about its focus on low carbon energy.

  • Solar Panels - a form of renewable energy

    Workshop: Assessment of the EU State aid framework for support to energy intensive industry

    Workshop: Is the existing State aid framework in support of the decarbonisation of Europe? A critical assessment of the EU State aid framework for support to energy intensive industry

  • Hungary organises 3rd training on access to justice

    The event held on the 1st of October was hosted by the Pest County Government Office, the administrative agency that includes the second instance environmental authority in Hungary.

  • The CJEU issued two landmark judgments on the Polish judicial system

    In November 2019 the Court of Justice of the European Union issued two landmark judgments concerning the independence of the judiciary in Poland.

  • Sam Bright is a ‘Rising Star’ at the British Legal Awards

    Our coal lawyer, Sam Bright, has won the ‘Rising Star’ accolade at the British Legal Awards.

  • Environmental activists access EU court by breaking the law

    The case concerned a preliminary reference from the criminal court of Foix, France, regarding the validity of the EU Pesticides Regulation

  • Court of Justice confirms standing of individuals to challenge Nitrate Action Programmes

    The European Court of Justice confirmed that directly concerned individuals have the right to challenge inadequate Nitrate Action Programmes in their national courts

  • Greek Council of State establishes new test for NGO standing in transboundary cases

    On 13 September 2019, the Greek Council of State rendered judgement in a case brought by NGOs against the renewal of the permit of coal-fired power plants Megalapoli A and B.

  • EU Commission lays out options for the EU to comply with the Aarhus Convention : light at the end of the tunnel?

    Last October, the Commission submitted its study to the Council, which has been carried out by consultants, as well as a Commission report on the matter.

  • Webinar 3: Access to environmental information – How to tackle contentious exceptions

    The webinar “Access to environmental information – how to tackle contentious exceptions” will be held on December 5th 2019, from 12:30-1:45GMT+1.