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European environmental law and policy: What’s in store for 2020?

The start of a New Year is a good time to take stock as to what we can expect in European environmental law and policy over the next 12 months. Unlike previous years, 2020 is already shaping up to be a momentous year at both a European and member state level particularly as regards climate change. We have to go back some way to remember a time when there was so much political focus on environment...
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Environmental Law Enforcement: Emerging Challenges 2019

The Director General of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Laura Burke and the Chief Justice of Ireland, the Hon Mr Justice Frank Clarke, provided the opening addresses at an environmental law conference on Monday, 25th November in Dublin.  The purpose of the conference was to explore the role of law and its enforcement in shaping our approach to environmental protection. Commenting on th...
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Environmental protection regulations in European Union

Environmental protection As discussed above, over the years, the European Union has developed a complex regime of environmental protection legislation on air and water quality, chemicals, and solid and hazardous waste, which is law in EU Member States. Other initiatives of the European Union (e.g., concerning single-use plastics) are only at an early stage at present. Air quality Directive 2008...
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Good governance and public participation crucial to deliver environmental laws

A new report from the European Environmental Bureau highlights shortcomings in how EU countries enable public participation in environmental decision-making. Meanwhile, LIFE is investing in better governance and capacity-building.  The report, entitled ‘Power to the people’, was released at the end of April 2019 by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) as part of the project Implement for LIFE....
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EU celebrates 40 years of the Birds Directive

The Birds Directive, one of the first pieces of environmental legislation in Europe, celebrates today its 40th anniversary. Protecting over 500 bird species, the directive is as relevant today as it was in 1979, when the Member States came together to address the sharp decline of Europe’s birds. The many conservation achievements of the Directive include the protection of the Great Bustard (Otis t...
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