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17 January 2019 Animals are not merely things!

We continue the series of articles about the conclusions of the first environmental decision of the Grand Chamber of the Supreme Court in the case EPL vs. “Aquadelf” Ltd. Animals are the object of the ownership right of the people of Ukraine to natural resources, which establishes a special procedure for their paid use –…

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16 January 2019 More than half of citizens think that the quality of air in Ukraine has worsened over the past 10 years

According to surveys conducted in November–December 20181, 60 % of citizens think that over the past 10 years, the quality of air in Ukraine has worsened. 28 % think that it has not changed. Another 5 % noted improvement of the air quality. 7 % did not determine a response. What concerns regional differences, the…

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16 January 2019 The Supreme Court has established the jurisdiction

Another conclusion of the Grand Chamber of the Supreme Court – disputes, in which an NGO substitutes a governmental authority, are within jurisdiction of the administrative courts.1 The Grand Chamber of the SC has established that International Charitable Organization “Environment-People-Law”, as an NGO, is entitled to take legal action in order to remedy breaches of…

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15 January 2019 Who is the main controller of the state institutions?

One of the main conclusions of the Grand Chamber of the Supreme Court in the case on a claim of International Charitable Organization “Environment-People-Law” against “Aquadelf” Ltd concerns the rights and possibilities of NGOs in the process of environmental protection. The Aarhus Convention1 defines the principles of observance and implementation of environmental law. It is…

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14 January 2019 Most Ukrainians believe that they can play a role in the environmental protection, but a very small part undertakes certain actions in this direction

According to the sociological research conducted by International Charitable Organization “Environment-People-Law” and Kyiv International Institute of Sociology in November – December 20181, more than three quarters of the respondents (79%) agree with the statement that, as an individual, they can play a role in the environmental protection in Ukraine, at that 44% – “completely agree”,…

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14 January 2019 Both people and animals suffer!

We continue a series of articles on explanation and analysis of the content of the judgement of the Grand Chamber of the Supreme Court in the case initiated by International Charitable Organization “Environment-People-Law” on protection of dolphins1. According to the resolution of the Grand Chamber, the governmental authorities do not adequately protect animals that are…

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11 January 2019 80 % of Ukrainians think that the introduction of the environmental legislation of the European Union in Ukraine is important for the environmental protection

According to the sociological survey conducted by International Charitable Organization “Environment-People-Law” and Kyiv International Institute of Sociology in November – December 20181, a large majority of Ukrainians (80 %) recognize the need for pro-European reforms in the field of the environmental protection and rational use of natural resources. Only 8 % of citizens disagree with…

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9 January 2019 What are Ukrainians willing to do in order to preserve the environment?

According to survey conducted in November-December 20181, an absolute majority of respondents agree with the statement that environmental problems directly affect their everyday lives and health. At the same time, environmental problems, as well as the environment in general depend not only on the authorities, adopted norms, international standards, etc., but also on the activities…

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9 January 2019 For-profit use of objects listed in the Red Data Book of Ukraine is prohibited

A new law enforcement practice of the Grand Chamber of the SC in environmental cases acknowledges as illegal commercial use of animals listed in the Red Data Book of Ukraine (article 19 of the Law of Ukraine of February 07, 2002 No. 3055-III “On the Red Data Book of Ukraine”) (The full text of the…

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8 January 2019 The Grand Chamber of the Supreme Court marks a decisive end to discussions on a need in permits in environmental protection

Operation without obtaining relevant permits, if required, even if there is no procedure in place for their issue, is prohibited. This is the first of the conclusions of the resolution of the Grand Chamber of the Supreme Court in the case of EPL to protect dolphins. The full text of the judgement in the Case…

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