The first climate lawsuit in Romania opened by environmental activists kicks off in Cluj

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The first climate lawsuit in Romania, opened by the Declic Association, started in Cluj, being supported by other environmental organizations, according to a press release of the 2Celsius Association.

The Cluj Court of Appeal ruled, on April 10, to reject the exceptions of the ministries that would have blocked the process and thus ordered the start of the trial on the merits.

Thus, the court rejected the exception of Declic’s lack of quality of interest and the exception of the prematurity of the institution’s fine request. These exceptions were raised by the institutions called to court, namely the Ministry of the Environment, Waters and Forests and the Ministry of Energy.

“The Urgenda Foundation, which won the first trial in Europe regarding climate change, intervenes in the trial in Romania opened by the Declic Association. The Climate Litigation Network (CLN), part of the Urgenda Foundation, sent a letter to the Cluj Court of Appeal, supporting the Declic process and drawing the judges’ attention to the jurisprudence of courts in several European countries. The Urgenda Foundation won the first historic case in Europe regarding climate change, against the Dutch State. In fact, the first climate trial opened in Romania by the Declic Association is supported by several environmental organizations, which intervened as parties in the process. It is about Bankwatch Romania and 2Celsius”, a press release informs.

The next term of the process opened by Declic will be on May 22.

The Declic community asks the judges to compel the Government to take concrete measures to combat climate change. Furthermore, the Declic representatives request in court to fine the Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă, the Minister of Energy, Virgil Popescu, and the Minister of the Environment, Tanczos Barna, for each day they postpone the measures.

“We ask the Cluj Court of Appeal to compel the Romanian Government to undertake much more ambitious objectives of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and achieving climate neutrality by 2050, including by increasing the share of renewables in the final consumption of energy and energy efficiency. We consider that the current objectives are insufficient, thus violating the legal obligations assumed by the Constitution, the Paris Agreement and the European Climate Law”, said the law firm that represents Declic.

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