Environmental Democracy archive

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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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    The ACCC confirms public participation obligations regarding the construction of a nuclear power plant in a transboundary context

    The construction of nuclear power plants in a transboundary context require the government of the country of origin to ensure participation of the public concerned in its own territory as well as that of the neighbouring countries affected.

  • Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee confirms that access to courts to challenge wind turbine permits cannot be dependent only on distance

    The Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee has ruled that access to courts to challenge wind turbine permits cannot be dependent only on the distance from the complainer’s property.

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    European Court of Justice confirms presumption of confidentiality covering EU pilot procedure documents

    The European Court of Justice has confirmed the existence of yet another category of documents that can be covered by a presumption of confidentiality.

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    On environmental information, only docs revealing deliberations can be kept secret

    In this case, the European Court of Justice relies on the Aarhus Convention to confirm that, when it comes to environmental information, only documents that reveal the decision-makers’ deliberations can be kept secret.

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    Chemicals imported for subsequent export do not need to be registered under REACH

    The ECJ has confirmed that substances that are imported into the EU with the purpose of being subsequently exported, and which are not placed on the EU market, do not need to be registered under REACH.

  • Studen Kladenets Dam, Bulgaria

    Bulgarian proposals threaten environmental access to justice

    A coalition supported by ClientEarth has called on the European Commission to protect access to justice in Bulgaria in the face of new proposals from the country’s ruling party.

  • Woman in yellow coat by red train for story saying New UN report is damning on UK environmental justice

    New UN report criticises UK environmental justice

    A new UN report has attacked the UK’s record on court access for people bringing environmental cases.

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    EU Council rebuff Commission in access to justice case

    The EU Council of Ministers has dismissed a proposal by the Commission to reject a UN committee’s finding that it is breaching international law.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    ClientEarth Environmental Democracy Update, Jan – Mar 17

    This review covers information about how European institutions, member states and others are applying laws and regulations on access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters.

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    EU Ombudsman opens inquiry into Council transparency when discussing draft EU legislation

    The Ombudsman’s letter to the Council demonstrates a structured approach to the question of institutional transparency and demands answers to some significant questions on the Council’s current practice.

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    Long-awaited EU environment law implementation review shows Commission cares little for citizens’ health

    The Commission has published a Communication on how the Member States have implemented and applied EU environmental legislation. Ludwig Kramer says this report shows the Juncker Commission simply does not care about citizens’ health.

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    Commission condemns delays in implementing Noise Directive as Fitness Check is published

    The Commission’s fitness check of the noise directive has found important delays in its implementation

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    Commission finds nature directives fit for purpose but in need of better implementation

    The Commission’s fitness checks serve to examine whether directives are still relevant or should be amended, in particular in view of deregulation, and continue to be acceptable to economic operators.

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    Judgment on access to information contained in electronic databases highlights transparency rules becoming obsolete

    The Court of Justice has ruled that the EU’s transparency rules do not allow citizens to access information stored in electronic databases unless there is a pre-existing search tool to extract it.

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    Court of Auditors calls for more efforts in implementation of Natura 2000 network

    The Court of Auditors published a report on the implementation of the Birds and Habitats directives. The report concentrates on management, financing and monitoring. The auditing report found deficiencies and gaps in each of the three areas.

  • discarded processor chips

    Commission reports on implementation of waste directives over four years late

    The Commission has published a report on the implementation of the Waste Framework Directive, sewage sludge , packaging and packaging waste, electrical and electronic waste, batteriesand landfills – four years late.

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    General court ruling: NGOs cannot challenge decisions of EU institutions before the EU courts

    NGOs cannot challenge decisions of EU institutions before the EU courts, the General Court has ruled.

  • green frog in pond for story saying Commission breaches EU and international law with continued cover-up of environmental lawbreaking

    Commission breaches EU and international law with continued cover-up of environmental lawbreaking

    The Commission is breaching EU and international law by failing to share reports on environmental law breaking by national governments. ClientEarth has complained to the European Ombudsman.

  • people sitting by water to illustrate story saying EU watchdog investigating European Investment Bank for maladministration

    EU watchdog investigating European Investment Bank for maladministration

    The European Investment Bank is being investigated for maladministration, after the European Ombudsman sent a formal letter opening the case this week following a complaint by ClientEarth, CEE Bankwatch Network and Counter Balance.