Germany

Bundes fur Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland e.V. & Germanwatch e.V., v. Bundesrepublik Deutschland, vertreten durch Bundesminister fur Wirtschaft und Arbeit (Berlin Administrative Court, 2006)

Jurisdiction: Germany


Side A: Germanwatch e.V. (Ngo)


Side B: The Federal Republic of Germany (Government)


Core objectives:

Sought environmental information on German export credit activities


Summary
A German court ordered the government to release information on the climate change impacts of German export credits. The credits have provided financial support for projects that contribute to climate change. BUND and Germanwatch brought suit against the government arguing that citizens have a right to the free access of environmental information under the German Access to Environmental Information Act (UIG). The court, in granting the application, rejected the argument that information on German export credit activities did not constitute "environmental information" within the meaning of the UIG and could not potentially affect elements of the environment, such as climate change.
Case documents

from the Grantham Research Institute
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