Environmental Democracy archive

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    ClientEarth Environmental Democracy Update, Nov 16 – Jan 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.

  • Court of Justice confirms NGO public participation and access to justice rights in the context of the Habitats Directive

    Environmentalists working to protect brown bears in Slovakia have been granted the right to defend the animals’ habitats in courts – an important development for environmental groups across the EU,

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    Court of Justice includes studies on pesticides and biocides as “information on emissions into the environment”, broadening interpretation in landmark judgments

    Nearly all studies on the effect of a pesticide the environment are assessments of “emissions” according to two groundbreaking new Court of Justice decisions. Analysis from Ludwig Kramer.

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    EU Ombudsman confirms Commission’s practice of refusing “interested parties” access to State aid files

    It is acceptable for the European Commission to withhold information on State aid decisions from ‘interested parties’ Anne Friel comments.

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    Draft findings of Compliance Committee – EU in violation of access to justice provisions of Aarhus Convention

    This document explains the decision of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee, in which it said that the EU was in violation of the Convention for not providing access to the Court of Justice of the EU to members of the public.

  • Girl holding parents' hands to illustrate story saying Commission ignores UN rebuke on access to EU Court

    Commission ignores UN rebuke on access to EU Court

    The European Commission continues to block court access in environmental cases, answering a UN committee rebuke with tired arguments that have already been dismissed.

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    How China is using the law to protect the environment

    Since 2015, nearly 100 environmental lawsuits have been filed by NGOs and public prosecutors as public interest law has gained a stronger grounding in China.

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    European Environmental Law Observatory News – September 2016

    This issue of the European Environemtnal Law Observatory Newsletter covers materials published between July and September 2016.

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    European Environmental Law Observatory News – July 2016

    This issue of the European Environemtnal Law Observatory Newsletter covers materials published between January and July 2016.

  • Photo of workmen for story saying ClientEarth is taking the Commission to court over access to ISDS papers

    ClientEarth takes Commission to court over investor protection papers

    ClientEarth has launched legal proceedings against the European Commission for keeping secret official analysis of whether controversial investor rules in international trade agreements are legal.

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    Strengthen access to information to protect environment, ClientEarth tells transparency committee

    Rules protecting EU citizens’ access to information must be strengthened and better implemented if we are to protect our health and environment, ClientEarth told a recent EU transparency hearing.

  • Photo of justice statue for story saying EU is breaching access to justice law, UN Committee finds

    EU is breaching access to justice law, UN Committee finds

    A UN committee has found that the EU is breaching the Aarhus Convention on access to justice after ClientEarth brought a case against the EU for stopping citizens taking environmental cases to the EU Court.

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    Trade secrets law shows EU favours business over democracy

    The new Trade Secrets Directive is almost law. It shows the EU is increasingly pursuing economic growth and competitiveness at the expense of democracy.

  • European Environmental Law Observatory – February 2016

    This issue covers materials published between September 1, 2015 to November, 2015.

  • NGOs and trade unionists come together to push for better trade secrets law

    As negotiations for the Trade Secrets Directive continue, campaigners call on officials to protect the public.

  • People now have the right to know if governments are breaking laws

    The Court of Justice of the EU ruled that people have the right to know if their government is breaking environmental laws.

  • European Environmental Law Observatory – November 2015

    This issue covers materials published between 1 September 2015 to November 2015.

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    European Environmental Law Observatory – September 2015

    This issue covers materials published between July 1 and September 2015.

  • European Environmental Law Observatory – May 2015

    This issue covers materials published between 15 March 2015 to 1 May 2015.

  • European Environmental Law Observatory – July 2015

    This issue covers materials published between May 1 and July 1, 2015.

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    European Environmental Law Observatory – March 2015

    This issue covers materials published between January 13, 2015 and March 15, 2015.

  • Latest news: European court hearing on access to information

    We believe European citizens have the right to know whether or not Member States comply with EU environmental law.

  • European Environmental Law Observatory – January 2015

    This issue covers materials appearing between 25 October to 25 December 2014.

  • European Environmental Law Observatory – November 2014

    This issue covers materials appearing between 25 August to 25 October 2014.