The European Union Aarhus Centre offers NGOs and citizens’ groups top-level legal advice on their rights to information, participation and justice in environmental matters.

  • man walking up stairs for story saying Commission is planning to reject UN finding on rule of law

    Rule of law scandal rocks EU as Commission calls to reject UN finding

    The Commission is proposing to reject a UN finding that the EU is breaching international law. This is the biggest scandal to hit the EU in 20 years.

  • detail of top of big greek pillars in sunlight

    Commission publishes guidance on access to justice for member states

    Environmental Democracy lawyer Anne analyses the Commission’s long-awaited guidance on access to justice in environmental matters.

  • Confidentiality provisions make pesticide statistics unfit for purpose

    The commission published a report on the application of Regulation 1185/2009 concerning statistics on pesticides. Analysis by Ludwig Kramer.

  • Stonechat on barbed wire

    Commission white paper on the future of Europe gives little importance to the environment

    Ludwig Kramer explains why the Commission’s white paper on the future of Europe fails to recognize the environmental challenges facing Europe.

  • Environmental Democracy staff

  • Image of environmental lawyer Anais Berthier

    Anaïs Berthier

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

    Anne Friel

  • Image of ClientEarth senior environmental lawyer Ludwig Kramer

    Ludwig Krämer

  • Related documents

    Environmental Democracy archive

  • ClientEarth Environmental Democracy Update, Jan – Mar 17
  • EU Ombudsman opens inquiry into Council transparency when discussing draft EU legislation
  • Long-awaited EU environment law implementation review shows Commission cares little for citizens’ health
  • Commission condemns delays in implementing Noise Directive as Fitness Check is published
  • Commission finds nature directives fit for purpose but in need of better implementation
  • Judgment on access to information contained in electronic databases highlights transparency rules becoming obsolete
  • Court of Auditors calls for more efforts in implementation of Natura 2000 network
  • Commission reports on implementation of waste directives over four years late
  • General court ruling: NGOs cannot challenge decisions of EU institutions before the EU courts
  • Commission breaches EU and international law with continued cover-up of environmental lawbreaking
  • EU watchdog investigating European Investment Bank for maladministration
  • ClientEarth Environmental Democracy Update, Nov 16 – Jan 17
  • Court of Justice confirms NGO public participation and access to justice rights in the context of the Habitats Directive
  • Court of Justice includes studies on pesticides and biocides as “information on emissions into the environment”, broadening interpretation in landmark judgments
  • EU Ombudsman confirms Commission’s practice of refusing “interested parties” access to State aid files
  • Draft findings of Compliance Committee – EU in violation of access to justice provisions of Aarhus Convention
  • Follow us


    Get our regular email newsletters, they contain the latest updates on our work as well as features and articles about environmental issues, science and politics.