About: Aarhus Convention

A genuine right to challenge EU decisions in court

The European Union needs to stand up for environmental democracy and provide access to justice – to ensure respect for the rule of law, to maintain its environmental leadership, and to restore its legitimacy, warns Anaïs Berthier.

ECJ ushers in new era for water protection

Disputes over an Austrian hydropower project and snow cannon system are ushering in a new era for water protection across the EU, writes Andrea Johanides.
Climate change 10-11-2017

Civic groups want international carbon tax on overseas polluters

EXCLUSIVE: EU companies investing in oil and gas extraction overseas can reap hefty profits but also threaten global carbon targets. In reaction, a number of civic groups have jointly proposed a carbon tax on products and income derived from overseas extraction.
Air Quality 09-10-2017

EU Commission taken to court over new emissions tests for vehicles

Environmental group ClientEarth has taken legal action against the European Commission's new rules for car emissions tests, which will allow manufacturers to keep their emissions control systems secret and, according to the group, could cause another Dieselgate-type scandal.
Energy 15-09-2017

Green groups say Greece granting illegal permits to polluting plants

Environmental activists have accused Greece of violating an international convention by directly granting permits to its national energy company and making it impossible for anyone to launch a legal challenge against them.

NGOs ask Commission to step in as Bulgaria threatens access to justice

A coalition of green NGOs has called on the European Commission to intervene in Bulgaria, after the country’s ruling party announced a proposal that the environmentalists said would limit access to justice by increasing costs.

EU slapped for breaching Aarhus Convention on access to environmental justice

The European Union has accepted a UN ruling that found the bloc in breach of international laws requiring the general public to have access to justice on environmental matters, a decision applauded by green activists.

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.

Democracy denied: How the Commission keeps people out of lawmaking

With its Better Regulation agenda, the European Commission talks big about making EU decisions more transparent and increasing public participation. But the reality is very different, writes Anaïs Berthier.

Five ways the EU is undermining democracy

The European Union has shown a complete disregard for democracy and the rule of law by consistently failing to respect the right of people to bring its institutions' decisions to court, write Anaïs Berthier.