Europe and Central Asia

Implementation of rulings for nature conservation: Court of Justice of the European Union case studies

What happens when the European Court of Justice finds EU Member States guilty of violating environmental law?
Incredibly, not much. In cooperation with the European Environmental Bureau, we analysed a diverse selection of court cases, some dating as far back as 1993, to find out whether or not the ECJ’s verdicts actually led to the required improvements for nature on the ground. Spoiler: they did not.
On top of being bad news for biodiversity, this report unveils a broken European legal system in need of urgent repair. Read our report to get the full picture.