Environmental protection does not stop at national borders. So it is essential to strengthen cross-border cooperation between environmental organisations. The membership in the European environmental law network Justice and Environment (J&E) facilitates our access to the EU level as well as the exchange with environmental lawyers from other countries.
Justice and Environment (J&E) is an association of green law NGOs from 14 European countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Austria, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain) – all of them with a legal and political focus. As environmental law experts, their employees are specialised in environmental law.
At the European level, J&E is primarily known for its work in the field of environmental assessments (EIAs, strategic environmental assessments, appropriate assessments) and activities in connection with international treaties (e.g. Aarhus Convention, Espoo Convention).
In recent years, J&E’s environmental law experts have been particularly successful in maintaining the European nature conservation directives (Natura 2000 REFIT). J&E has achieved better public involvement in the compilation of lists of major European infrastructure projects in the interests of the European Union (Projects of Common Interest – PCIs).
Environmental protection does not stop at national borders. That is why ÖKOBÜRO has been a member of J&E since 2005. This network has marked an important cornerstone of our work. It enables us not only to become more involved at the European level, but also to support other member organisations with our legal know-how while benefiting from their expertise and experience.
Above all, we share with J&E an ongoing commitment to implementing the Aarhus Convention. Since access to environmental information and access to justice in environmental matters is strongly determined by EU law, our successes in Austria also have a positive impact across Europe – and vice versa.
We are very pleased to be part of J&E because together we can achieve more!