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terça-feira, 18 de julho de 2017

EU slapped for breaching Aarhus Convention on access to environmental justice

Environmental activists at the People's Climate March, Washington DC, April 29, 2017.
[Susan Melkisethian / Flickr]


In March, a UN committee found that the EU was breaching the Aarhus Convention by preventing the public from challenging the EU institutions’ environmental decisions in court.

Specifically, the Committee found that neither the EU regulation 1367/2006 nor the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union implements or complies with the obligations established under the Convention, the EU Council of Ministers said in a statement accepting the ruling.

“The EU and its member states reiterate their full commitment to the principles and objectives of the Aarhus Convention on access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters, as well as their unwavering respect for its compliance mechanism,” the Council said in the statement.
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Pressure grows on Commission to change environment law after UN rebuke

EXCLUSIVE/ Green campaigners today (27 March) heaped more pressure on the European Commission to change EU law to make it easier for NGOs to bring lawsuits over EU environment policy.
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The European Commission, the EU executive, had attempted to overturn the Council’s decision to accept the ruling but was eventually defeated by the 28 EU member state representatives.

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