MEPs demand stronger green justice rules

European parliament environment committee debates Arhus legislation, eco-innovation funding, sustainability

The European parliament environment committee voted on Tuesday to give NGOs greater ability to challenge EU bodies over environmental decisions. The committee was preparing the assembly's second reading position on legislation applying the UN Arhus convention on environmental information and justice to the EU institutions.

Central to the vote was the wording of a clause detailing how EU bodies must respond to NGO requests for internal review of administrative acts or failures to act. MEPs voted to reinstate a requirement for EU bodies to respond with a written "decision" rather than simply a written statement of reasons.

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