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  • New Commission strategy: infringement proceedings only for policy priorities

    The Commission has clarified its new strategy to only open infringement proceedings where they align with its policy priorities

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    Aarhus Convention Meeting of Parties refuses to adopt EU position and defers decision to 2021

    Following the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee’s findings that the EU is in breach of the access to justice provisions of the Aarhus Convention, the EU Council adopted a decision to merely “take note” of the findings, rather than endorse them,

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    Landowner can be held liable for waste incineration he did not know about

    The Court of Justice has ruled that a national law requiring a landowner to pay a pecuniary fine for the incineration of waste on his land that he did not know about is compatible with EU law.

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    Ex-post environmental impact assessments can be compatible with EU law

    The Court of Justice (ECJ) has held that an environmental impact assessment (EIA) carried out following the realisation of the project in question is compatible with EU law in the situation where the authorities and the constructors acted in good faith.

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    Anaïs Berthier

  • Anne Friel, Lawyer, European Union Aarhus Centre, Environmental Lawyers ClientEarth

    Anne Friel

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    Ludwig Krämer

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