The lawsuit was filed on 24 May 2018 at the European Court (EuG) against the inadequate EU directives regulating climate-damaging emissions. The claim was served on the defendants, published in the Official Journal in mid-August 2018 and approved by the European Court.
In October 2018, both the EU Parliament and the Council of Ministers called for the motion to be dismissed for inadmissibility. In May 2019, the European Court dismissed the action (by order of 8 May 2019) as inadmissible. The plaintiffs appealed jointly. In the appeal, their lawyers oppose the narrow interpretation of the court with regard to the direct and individual concern.
In the next two months, the defendant EU Parliament and the Council of the EU will have the opportunity to react to the appeal – after which the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will decide on the admissibility of the action.
Should the European Court of Justice contradict the ruling of the European Court and affirm the admissibility, the proceedings will be referred back to the European Court for further hearing and the main proceedings will be continued with regard to the necessity and feasibility of higher climate objectives in the EU.