Projects

  • 2017

    Setting up solar power plants in Hungary

    Upon a request by Frank Bold (Brno, Czech Republic), our sister organisation in Justice & Environment, we prepared a survey of legal steps necessary for the preparation and construction of a medium size photovoltaic solar power plant in Hungary. We described the way of modification of spatial plans at the municipality of the selected location, the specialities of purchasing a real estate property, the applications for electricity production licence and connection to the national electricity grid and finally the procedure of the simplified construction permitting.

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  • 2016

    Ukrainian NPP PLEX

    In cooperation with CEE Bankwatch association, EMLA is working in a project related to the lifetime extension of Ukrainian Nuclear Power Plants. Bankwatch initiated a case at the Court of Justice of the EU for access to information, consulted with the Espoo Convention Secretariat and have sent advocacy letters to neighbouring governments in order to convince Ukraine to implement the Espoo Convention for the permitting of NPP PLEX.

     

     

     

     

    Slovakian highway developments

    Upon the request of our Slovakian colleagues, we prepared a short legal study on how the environmental impact assessment obligation is regulated in Hungary in relation to highway constructions and upgrading of existing highways.

     

     

     

     

    Aarhus Convention Indicator

    Under the auspices of The Access Initiative, the questionnaire researching the legislative and practical implementation of the Aarhus Convention has been designed. The research was conducted in 5 pilot countries (Armenia, Czech Republic, Serbia, UK, Ukraine) under the coordination of EMLA. The outcomes of the research will soon be available on TAI's website.

     

     

     

     

    Use of Lead in Paint

    Upon the commission by the World Resources Institute, EMLA coordinated and partly undertook a research covering 31 countries. The analysis tried to uncover national regulatory frameworks concerning the prohibition of use of lead in paints and varnishes.

     

     

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  • 2015

    Hungarian Energy Plans

    By the support of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, EMLA analyzed the connections and coherence of sustainable development, environmental and energy related plans of Hungary. We also evaluated and scored how they integrate the principle of sustainable development.

     

     

     

    Transposition of EU Law by Hungary

    Conformity checking for Milieu Ltd. of measures done by Hungary to transpose EU directives in the sector of the environment. Legal research and comparative analysis on the national transposition of different directives of the EU.

     

     

     

    EIA in Energy Community

    Legal research on the main differences between the newest version of the EIA Directive (Directive 2011/92/EU amended by the Directive 2014/52/EU) and the former EU EIA legislation (Directive 85/337/EEC) for Zelena Akcija. The research mainly focused on the new elements added by the Directive 2014/52/EU in the context of campaigning on coal power plants and other energy sector projects in the countries of the Energy Community

     

     

    The Hungarian PCI Manual

    Legal consultancy in the project: "Analysis of the manuals of procedures for the permit granting process applicable to projects of common interest (PCIs) prepared under Article 9 of TEN-E Regulation No. 347/2013" for Milieu Ltd. Analysis of the Hungarian PCI manual of procedure and the respective national legal background.

     

     

    Storm Waters and Water Quality

    Legal consultancy in the project: "Assessment of impact of storm water overflows from combined and separate waste water collecting systems on water bodies (including the marine environment) in the 28 EU Member States" for Milieu Ltd. Research on the Hungarian legal background of water quality protection, on the occurrence of unusual weather conditions involving heavy rainfalls and collection of the experiences of the national sewage network operators. 

     

     

     

    State Aid to Coal Power Plant in Croatia

    Upon the request of Zelena Akcija, a Croatian NGO, EMLA gave legal advice on how illegal state aid rules of the EU can be used in a campaign against the construction of a coal fired power plant Plomin C.

     

     

     

    Oil Drilling in the Adriatic Sea

    EMLA gave legal advice to Greenpeace Croatia in order to support their campaign’s success against the Croatian Government’s plans to start exploration and exploitation drillings for oil in the Adriatic Sea.

     

     

    Development of the Civil Sector

    By the support of the Norwegian Grant NGO Fund EMLA provides legal advice in strategic environmental cases to Hungarian civil society organizations in addition to helping the cooperation of citizens and NGOs and the improvement of the civil sector in Hungary. 

     

     

    Horizontal Requirements in Operational Programs – Sustainability

    Upon a contract made by the Prime Minister’s Office, EMLA prepared study on sustainability requirements to be applied in the management and implementation of the EU Operational Programs in Hungary.

     

     

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  • 2014

    Access to Justice in the Balkans

    EMLA coordinated the preparation of a study on access to environmental justice in the South East European region, with the leadership of REC, upon a commission by the UNECE Aarhus Convention Secretariat.

     

     

     

    State Aid to Coal Power Plant in Croatia

    Upon the request of Zelena Akcija, a Croatian NGO, EMLA gave legal advice on how illegal state aid rules of the EU can be used in a campaign against the construction of a coal fired power plant Plomin C.

     

     

     

    Watershed Protection along the Danube

    Upon the commission of the Danube Region Strategy Agency of Hungary EMLA prepared a comparative study on national regulations along the River Danube on watershed protection and local sewage treatment.

     

     

     

    Climate Adapt

    Upon a mandate from the European Commission EMLA coordinated the dialogue and cooperation of Hungarian agencies and institutions dealing with climate adaptation in addition to organizing a closing conference in the project. 

     

     

    Local Renewable Energy Sources

    Upon the request of a Brussels-based think tank, Client Earth, EMLA researched and analyzed the political and legal environment of local community energy projects, as well as made findings and recommendations together with Friends of the Earth Hungary.

     

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