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  • EU Ombudsman’s decision reinforces lack of access to justice in State aid matters

    In a disappointing decision, the EU Ombudsman has confirmed the EU Commission’s interpretation of the State aid rules that only competitors can have the status of “an interested party”.

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    China launches unprecedented judge training for environment cases

    ClientEarth and the Supreme People’s Court in China have this week coordinated an unprecedented training programme for judges on environment cases.

  • Council of the EU asks the Commission to comply with access to justice provisions of the Aarhus Convention

    The European Council has requested the Commission to submit a study on the Union’s options to explore ways and means to comply with the Aarhus Convention.

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    Stuttgart’s shoddy air quality plan prompts court ultimatum

    Stuttgart has two weeks to come up with a suitable air quality plan or will face fines, its regional court has ruled.

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    Clock is ticking for UK to prove its commitment to carbon targets

    The Committee on Climate Change’s latest report is clear that we are not on course to meet our carbon targets. The government must do more.

  • 20 years since the adoption of the Aarhus Convention

    Parties, NGOs, academics, and many diverse stakeholders all came together to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Aarhus Convention.

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    EU negotiators to decide fate of citizens’ role in renewable energy transition

    EU negotiators begin talks on reforming the EU’s electricity market design rules. The outcome will determine if the EU realises its goal of putting energy citizens at the heart of the Energy Union.

  • ClientEarth applauds rebellion against European Council’s shocking lack of access to justice ambition

    ClientEarth lawyers are backing the rebellion of several member states that are calling for greater EU ambition on access to justice in environmental matters.

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    Indonesian coal plant green-lit despite climate impact

    ClientEarth has joined with other legal and environmental expert groups to offer evidence to an Indonesian court considering a case against a coal plant in the country.

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    Ugandan government to face court in the country’s first climate change case

    Four young people and local NGO Greenwatch are suing the government for failing to protect them from climate change dangers like drought and food shortages.

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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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    What are environmental principles?

    The EU environmental principles offer protection to our natural world. They act as guidance for judges and decision-makers, giving laws shape and meaning. But what will happen to the environmental principles after Brexit? 

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    Serious doubts over legal basis for Heathrow expansion

    UK MPs have voted to back Heathrow expansion but environmental lawyers have expressed serious doubts as to whether it is legally possible under air quality rules.

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    Plastics, nature and environmental governance top agenda for EU-China meeting

    China’s Climate Envoy, the First Vice-President of the European Commission, the UN Environment Executive Director and the Canadian Minister of the Environment and Climate Change were among the speakers at an environmental roundtable last week.

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    Clean air across Europe – a snapshot

    ClientEarth and its partners have taken authorities in several European countries to court over illegal levels of air pollution.

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    Climate litigation a lasting legacy of Hansen’s historic testimony 30 years ago

    Climate litigation is a lasting legacy of James Hansen’s historic testimony on human-induced global warming, 30 years ago on Saturday.

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    ClientEarth supports Poles in their fight against industrial emissions

    ClientEarth is supporting residents of Mielec, a city in south-eastern Poland, who recently organised some of the largest ever environmental protests in the country.

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    Energy giant Engie must pay back 10 years’ worth of illegal tax breaks

    Lawyers warn fossil fuel companies should factor the potential payback of illegal subsidies into the “vast portfolio of risks” they face.

  • EU fisheries fund should only support sustainable measures

    Speaking to the European Parliament, ClientEarth lawyer Flaminia Tacconi said that EMFF should only support measures that contribute to economically self-sufficient and environmentally sustainable fisheries.

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    Lawyers press for clean air enforcement as region snubs Germany’s highest court

    Environmental lawyers have been forced to pile on further legal pressure as North Rhine-Westphalia’s authorities leave thousands of people to continue breathing illegally dirty air in the city of Dusseldorf.

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    UK government has “missed the point” on air pollution super-inquiry

    Environmental lawyers say the UK government has made soft commitments on MPs’ ‘super-inquiry’ into illegal levels of air pollution.

  • ‘Lightbulb moment’ as climate risk hits the mainstream for UK pensions industry

    The UK government has recommended pensions law require providers to consider climate risk in core investment decision-making, in what would be a breakthrough for the financial system.

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    Metro mayors call on UK government for clean air action

    Metropolitan mayors across the UK have called on the government for stronger actions to clean up the UK’s illegal levels of air pollution.

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    Diesel investigation hots up in Germany with Audi arrest

    The chief executive of carmaker Audi has been arrested in Germany by prosecutors probing the diesel emissions scandal.