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EU Air Quality Legislation and the Right to Clean Air

  • Focus on access to justice
  • Online workshop for judges and prosecutors

Online, 23 May 2022 – 31 May 2022

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The goal of this four-session online workshop is to develop a comprehensive understanding of the key legal aspects of EU air quality legislation and to exchange views among judges from various Member States regarding this topic.

Emphasis will be given to the analysis of the main provisions relating to limit and target values for certain pollutants (PM2.5 and PM10) as well as air quality plans. In addition to this, the spotlight will be put on the right to clean air and access to justice in air quality cases both at EU and national level.  

By addressing these issues concerning the implementation of the Air Quality Directive and the EU and national challenges relating to air quality litigation, the workshop aspires to facilitate the handling of future national court proceedings relating to this topic.

Key topics

  • Scientific and technical aspects of air pollution
  • Aims and main elements of the Air Quality Directive (AQD)
  • Limit and target values – Art. 13(1) and Art. 16 AQD
  • Air Quality Plans – Art. 23(1) AQD
  • Litigation for air quality
  • Access to justice & clean air cases across EU
  • Relevant CJEU case law
  • Preliminary ruling procedure.

Who should attend?

Judges and prosecutors interested in environmental law.


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