Webinar 3: Access to environmental information – How to tackle contentious exceptions

The webinar “Access to environmental information – how to tackle contentious exceptions” will be held on December 5th 2019, from 12:30-1:45GMT+1.
It is organised by ClientEarth within the EARL A2J project and intended for public interest lawyers, judges, public authorities and NGOs.

Please click here to register for the webinar

Presenters : Anne Friel & Sebastian Bechtel, “Environmental Democracy” Programme, ClientEarth

In this webinar, we will discuss in detail the exceptions that EU institutions and national public authorities most often rely on to refuse access to environmental information, and equip participants with legal arguments to challenge refusals.

We will deal with the following specific exceptions, discussing what the law says, how this has been developed in the case law and providing case examples:

  • Refusal to disclose information on the basis of an ongoing internal decision-making procedure;
  • Refusal to disclose information on the basis of protecting commercial interests;
  • Refusal to disclose information on the basis of protecting the purpose of inspections, investigations and audits;
  • Exception to the exception: Information on emissions into the environment.
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