Climate activists accuse EU of blocking access to justice

A group of activists attempting to force the EU to adopt more ambitious climate targets has accused the European Parliament and EU Council of “pushing citizens out” of the bloc’s legal jurisdiction.

Both EU institutions said this week that representatives of the ‘People’s Climate Case’, which is challenging the bloc’s current climate change targets, should not be able to take legal action at the European Court of Justice (ECJ). 

The ECJ’s General Court had ruled in favour of the Parliament and Council’s arguments in May, saying there was no “standing to bring an action against a measure of general application” because the plaintiffs were not unique in being affected by the climate crisis. 

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