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The individual citizen must be able to challenge the administrative decision not to make an environmental impact assessment (EIA) of a project. This was stated by the European Court of Justice in relation to the question raised by the Austrian court; an application submitted in a dispute between an individual citizen, on the one hand, and the Unabhängiger Verwaltungssenat für Kärnten (UVK), EMA Beratungs-und Handels GmbH (EMA) and the Bundesminister für Wirtschaft, Familie und Jugend ( Minister of Economy, Family and Youth), on the other hand, regarding a decision to authorize the construction and operation of a shopping center on land adjacent to a fund owned by the lady.
Opponents of the proposed bypass Mattighofen-Munderfing could audition in Brussels at the European Parliament Committee on Petitions. The importance of the petition was especially emphasized by the fact that she was being treated in a so-called accelerated procedure, as Paul Stefan officially recognized by the environmental organization "Habitat Mattigtal", which put forward his case in Brussels.
Kazakhstan: OSCE co-organizes discussion in Astana on public participation in environmental decision making
An OSCE-supported roundtable discussion on public participation in the decision-making process on environmental matters took place today in Ust-Kamenogorsk, East Kazakhstan Region. Some 40 representatives of the regional administration, private and civil sectors, academia and expert communities participated in the event.
Le Parc naturel régional du Luberon impliqué dans le recours contre l’arrêté autorisant l’exploitation de la centrale E.O.N. de Gardanne.
A dispute related to works on two new bridges in Kilkenny city that are part of its Central Access Scheme has been settled in the High Court, on terms that include agreement that their construction breached no planning laws or regulations.
Belarus plans to raise the level of public participation in decision-making regarding important for the environment
House of Representatives passed the first reading amendments regarding some laws on environmental protection and public participation in decision-making in environmental matters, BelTA has learned.
United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes, Baskut Tuncak, today called on the Government of Kazakhstan to step up efforts in protecting those who live in environmentally high-risk areas.
Kazakhstan: A. Rahmetulin of Kazakhstan Supreme court had a meeting with UN Special Rapporteur Baskut Tungak
Today in Astana in the building of the Supreme Court the chairman of the supervisory judicial board on criminal cases of the Supreme Court A.Rahmetulin met with the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations on the adverse effects of the illicit movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes on the enjoyment of human rights B.Tungak .
A Group of Scotland’s top lawyers is backing calls for a specialist environmental court in Scotland to decide cases such as disputes over wind farms and fracking operations.
Villagers Gndevaz filed a lawsuit against the decision of the Armenian authorities to mine gold at Amulsar deposit.
The European Union is dissatisfied with their Member Austria - and this is especially in a region where Austria particularly proud of his accomplishments, namely environmental protection.
Last March 19 in Florence, in the hall of the Palazzo Strozzi Sacrati Pegaso, was held a seminar for the presentation of the Report on the state of the environment in Tuscany (RSA) 2014, organized by the Region of Tuscany with the contribution of ARPAT, ARRR, ARS, IRPET and LaMMA.
THE Welsh Government has confirmed it is pursuing £10,000 towards legal costs associated with a failed legal challenge against its decision to go ahead with the black route for the M4 relief road.
Italy: Implementation of the European directive on the control of major accidents involving dangerous substances (legislative decree - preliminary examination)
At the proposal of the Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, and the Minister for the Environment, Land and Sea, Gian Luca Galletti, was approved in preliminary examination, in order to obtain the opinions of the Joint Conference of the Parliamentary Committees, the legislative decree that implemented the Directive 2012/18 on the control of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances.
Belarus: The House of Representatives is scheduled to consider a bill to implement the Aarhus Convention
The House of Representatives of the National Assembly is scheduled to consider the draft law "On amendments and changes to some laws of the Republic of Belarus on the issues of environmental protection and public participation in environmental decision-making" at the spring session, which begins on April 2, BelTA learned from Deputy Chairman of the Standing House Committee on ecology, nature and Chernobyl Alla Naumchik.
Les Parcs naturels régionaux du Luberon et du Verdon et les deux Communautés de communes Pays de Forcalquier-Montagne de Lure et Pays de Banon ont déposé un recours contre l’exploitation de la centrale E.ON de Gardanne.
OSCE-supported Aarhus Centres discuss their role in trans-boundary water management in South-East Europe
More than 40 representatives of central and local governments, Aarhus Centres and civil society from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia discussed the challenges of public participation in trans-boundary water management and in trans-boundary Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) processes at a two-day regional roundtable organized by the OSCE, that ended today.
Italy: Saluggia, the endless story of Sogin radioactive waste (The State-owned company responsible for the Italian nuclear sites decommissioning and the management of radioactive waste)
Map passes from hand to hand and remains secret. The Ispra, which had received the map from Sogin in early January, had delivered it to the ministries of Environment and Development. On that map there are marked areas "potentially suitable" to host the national repository of nuclear waste, which should be operational by 2024. Unconfirmed reports speak of 80 or 90 sites, scattered in a dozen Italian regions. Meanwhile, Sogin, the state company in charge of the decommissioning of nuclear plants on which hangs the specter of the commissioner, changing business plan and asks the department of Via Veneto to double the temporary storage of Saluggia D2, in the province of Vercelli: the place more not recommended for storing radioactive material, as the current nuclear area is located in an overflow water risk, guaranteed clear and vulnerable area because located in the floodplain of Baltea. The D2, now under construction with two spans, would be taken to four bays, for a total of 40 thousand cubic meters.
Croatian Hydrocarbon Agency (CHA) confirmed on Monday the exploration for oil and gas in Adriatic seabed would be postponed due to the need for consultations with neighboring countries. The contracts, initially scheduled to be signed in April with five companies which have been awarded licences, were expected to be signed in June, CHA said.
Belgium, Nuclear Energy: Protest against aging nuclear reactors in Tihange and Doel. Demonstrations organizers were highly satisfied
"We have made the leap from the marginality" So took Leo Tubbax, spokesman for the Belgian "Nucléaire Stop" movement his impressions after the demonstration on Sunday afternoon in Tihange together. In marginal echo-demand he described the event as a great success. "Totally new to us was the great media interest," said Tubbax.