European Institutions

  • European Parliament Ends Case to Force EU Action on Rule-of-Law

    August 03, 2022

    Due to a fragile legal case, The European Parliament has dropped a lawsuit against the European Commission that demanded the utilization of the newly created rule of law mechanism that would allow the cutting of funds to countries accused of not respecting EU laws.

  • Paul Hastings: Warning of a New EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive

    July 27, 2022

    In June, the Council of the European Union and European Parliament reached a provisional political agreement on the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (“CSRD”), which aims to create global sustainability reporting standards, more than quadrupling the number of companies required to report on sustainability.

  • Greece Taken to EU Court Over Environmental Impact Assessment Failures

    July 27, 2022

    The European Commission is referring Greece to the Court of Justice after the commission decided that Greece has failed to carry out environmental impact assessments for certain large infrastructure projects under the 1985 Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive.

  • EU Countries Agree on Mandatory Gas Cut Regulation

    July 27, 2022

    EU energy ministers agreed on a bloc-wide winter alert system to trigger mandatory cuts in natural gas consumption at the recent extraordinary energy council in Brussels including requiring that cuts of 15 percent can only be activated by a vote of the council.

  • UK High Court Orders Government to Provide Details on Plans to Hit Net Zero Targets

    July 20, 2022

    The United Kingdom’s High Court has ruled that the UK government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who published its Net Zero Strategy in October 2021 describing its plan to deliver net zero emissions by 2050, left out vital components and has ordered the BEIS to publish a new, more detailed report for March 2023.

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