EC takes UK to court on cost of environment cases
2011-04-14 UE Countries

High costs preventing legal challenges

Under European law, citizens have a right to know about the impact of industrial pollution, and about the potential impact projects may have on the environment, and a right to challenge such decisions. Directive 2003/35/EC on public participation in the drawing up of plans relating to the environment explicitly states that such challenges must not be prohibitively expensive. The Commission is concerned that in the United Kingdom legal proceedings can prove too costly, and that the potential financial consequences of losing such challenges prevents NGOs and individuals from bringing cases against public bodies .......

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