ClientEarth v. European Commission

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September 30, 2021
Not judged
European Union, Luxembourg

Environmental NGOs
ClientEarth
European Commission
Anne Friel

EU court
Insecticide, Cypermethrin
ClientEarth is challenging the Commission’s refusal to disclose the positions that Member States are defending when it comes to renewing the authorisation of cypermethrin.
Court of Justice of the European Union (General Court) of Luxembourg, European Union
Court

ClientEarth is challenging the Commission’s refusal to disclose the positions that Member States are defending when it comes to renewing the authorisation of cypermethrin. The Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF), in which 27 EU agriculture ministers decide whether to approve dangerous pesticides behind closed doors, is currently assessing whether cypermethrin should continue to be used in Europe once its current approval expires. The summary records of these committee meetings reveal that some ministers have radically changed their mind in favor of cypermethrin in the course of 2020 but the public has no idea why. ClientEarth is challenging the Commission’s refusal to disclose the positions that Member States are defending. It believes that the EU’s transparency rules legally oblige the Commission to make this information available to all so that citizens can hold their governments to account for the positions they defend at EU level.