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29-06-2017
Category: Aarhus
The European Commission suggests not to accept the findings of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee re access to justice at the EU Courts

As it can be read in a lately released proposal for a Council Decision (ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc/rep/1/2017/EN/COM-2017-366-F1-EN-MAIN-PART-1.PDF), the EC suggests not to accept that access to EU Courts in environmental matters is not in compliance with the Aarhus Convention.

The ACCC in a case C-32, initiated by ClientEarth (www.clientearth.org) found that the EU breaches the Aarhus Convention by not granting access to individuals and NGOs to the EU Courts in environmental matters (www.unece.org/env/pp/compliance/Compliancecommittee/32TableEC.html).

Now the Commission wants to block the adoption of these findings at the upcoming September Aarhus Meeting of the Parties. For this, it proposes to the Council no to endorse the findings.

With this quite unprecedented move, the EC is now openly against broader access to justice on the EU level.