Article archive

  • Political will is needed to halt European marine habitat neglect

    Environmental experts are warning that marine life across Europe is being harmed because EU member states are neglecting to actively manage their marine protected areas.

  • Bratislava, Slovakia

    Slovak court defends citizens’ right to clean air in Bratislava

    Residents in Slovakia’s capital have won their court battle for clean air after a court ruled that the city’s Air Quality Plan breaches both Slovak and European laws.

  • Participation key in forestry legal reforms, Brazzaville conference hears

    Participation and political will have been highlighted as key for reforming laws around forest governance, a forum in Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo, has heard.

  • Cooling towers, Drax coal-fired power station, UK

    ClientEarth lodges objection to Drax gas plant on climate grounds

    ClientEarth has submitted a written objection to Drax Power’s plans to build four new gas turbines, on the grounds that it breaches the government’s planning and climate change recommendations.

  • Access to justice update from ClientEarth and Justice and Environment

    Find out more about the battle for collective redress, our analysis on the recent case law and our upcoming events!

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    EUTR News – June to October 2018

    This issue of the EUTR News provides an update on the operation of the EU’s law to address illegal logging, from June to October 2018.

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    Bulgarian government conceals coal plant danger data from public, flouting court order

    Bulgaria is set to give its largest coal plant permission to flout new, tighter EU industrial pollution laws designed to protect people’s health.

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    Germany clocks up further diesel bans as government tries to thwart courts

    Cologne and Bonn must introduce restrictions on diesel vehicles, as courts continue to be the main defender of people’s health from air pollution.

  • Upcoming Access to justice events in Hungary and France

    Two major events on Access to justice will be held before the end of the year in Hungary and France, as part of the ATOJ-EARL project.

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    ClientEarth standing in Nord Stream 2 development permits cases

    ClientEarth has taken legal action against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline extension, a project to build and operate a new twin pipeline from Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany.

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    Article 9(3) of the Aarhus Convention remains a dead letter in the European Union legal order

    The Court of Justice of the EU has ruled that the Commission was right to reject a request for internal review from the NGO Mellifera regarding the authorisation of glyphosate.

  • Local community voices to be heard in illegal Romanian gold mine litigation

    Public interest law organizations filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the Roşia Montană community affected by an illegal gold mine project in Romania.

  • The Battle for Collective Redress

    The European Parliament and Council are currently debating the fate of a directive proposal which would permit victims of corporate harm to bring a collective challenge to the courts.

  • Rovinari power plant, Romania

    Legal challenge targets Romanian ‘giant polluter’ power plant

    Greenpeace Romania, with the support of ClientEarth, has submitted a legal challenge against a lifetime permit granted to one of Romania’s oldest and largest coal power plants.

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    Taking action for young lungs: Panel discussion and Q&A

    Join us for a panel discussion and Q&A, supported by the Little House of Science, to learn more about how air pollution is damaging children’s health.

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    ClientEarth receives Arcadia grant for vital EU wildlife protection work

    ClientEarth today announced that it has received a new five-year award to support its work using the law to protect wildlife across the European Union.

  • Collective redress must be available for European victims of corporate harm

    It is time for Europeans to have the right to act collectively if they are the victim of industry abuse.

  • The Urgenda Climate Case and Access to Justice for environmental NGOs in the Netherlands

    On 9 October, the Hague Court of Appeal confirmed the District Court’s conclusion that the Netherlands must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25% before 2020 to meet its obligations under national law.

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    Court of Justice of the EU condemns French court for failing to make preliminary reference

    For the first time in infringement proceedings, the CJEU has ruled that a national court, the French Conseil d’Etat, breached EU law for not making a preliminary reference regarding the interpretation of EU law in accordance with Article 267 TFEU.

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    Court of Justice decides that Irish courts must ensure that court costs are not prohibitive

    The Court of Justice of the EU has held that, in judicial procedures based on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive, national courts must interpret procedural law consistently with the requirement that proceedings must not be prohibitively expensive.

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    World-first climate risk case launched over major coal plant in Poland

    Company Enea will have to justify its decision to power ahead with the controversial project in court, as Poland feels the pressure before COP24.

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    European governments are failing to tackle air pollution fast enough – new figures

    A new report shows governments across Europe are showing a lack of commitment to address air pollution as levels continue to exceed EU legal limits and WHO guidelines.

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    European lawmakers take historic stand against throwaway plastics

    The European Parliament has advanced the push to protect people and the environment from plastic pollution.

  • Mother and children in playground

    UK parents demand emergency air pollution measures

    A group of UK parents has called on the government to release funding for emergency measures to clean up illegal levels of air pollution around schools and nurseries across the country.