Withdrawn Access to Justice and Soil Directives must be replaced

Withdrawn Access to Justice and Soil Directives must be replaced

The European Commission’s withdrawal of two crucial pieces of environmental policy at the moment that citizens across Europe are voting in the European elections sends a bad signal as to what Europe’s priorities are.

The formal withdrawal of the 2003 proposal for a directive on access to justice underlines the urgent need for the Commission to speed up its work on a new legislative proposal in this area. Jeremy Wates, EEB Secretary General reacted: “A new legislative proposal in this area is urgently needed, not only to create a more democratic Europe, not only to improve the implementation of environmental law, not only to create a more level playing field for business but also in order to ensure that the EU is fully in compliance with its obligations under international law, namely the Aarhus Convention.”

The withdrawal of the soil directive after almost ten years of being blocked by a handful of Member States reveals a disturbing lack of vision and understanding of the importance of European soils, which poses a direct threat to our food security and limits our ability to tackle climate change and prevent the loss of biodiversity.

The Commission should swiftly come forward with new proposals in these areas and show that Europe is serious about guaranteeing citizens’ rights and protecting crucial natural resources.


Announcement in Official Journal of the European Union:;jsessionid=pJcpT92dBrf2sbBKpkKXg92bpsSgY1T2L1hNk08cPDv72q16n8vR!806994974?uri=OJ:JOC_2014_153_R_0003