The judgment of the Dutch Supreme Court in State of the Netherlands v Urgenda is a landmark for future climate change litigation. On the 20th of December 2019, the Supreme Court held that on the basis of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) the Netherlands has a positive obligation to take measures for the prevention of climate change and that it has to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with at least 25% by the end of 2020, compared to 1990 levels. An unofficial translation of the full judgement will be published on the website of the Dutch judiciary after the 13th of January 2020.
The judgment is significant as it demonstrates how a court can determine responsibilities of an individual state, notwithstanding the fact that climate change is caused by a multiplicity of other actors who share responsibility for its harmful effects.
Mark Rutte Leads An EU Sceptic Cabinet
Excellent analysis of Dutch party politics post March 2021 election ...
What do the elections tell us about Dutch EU policy?
Do not expect a major shift in substance on EU affairs from the new government. For one, the prime minister is the same. Mark Rutte is an astute political manager, not a man of big ideas. His view of the EU has improved over the years, but anything beyond the internal market he sees as a necessary evil. D66 wants the post of minister for European Affairs to return in a new cabinet. But traditionally, EU affairs ministers are close confidantes of the prime minister, and so this new Dutch voice in Brussels would again be mainly Rutte's. Furthermore, D66 and VVD need the Christian-democrats to form a government. Despite having lost seats, this gives the CDA bargaining power and Hoekstra will push back against dovish economic-financial EU policies or a migration regime that he considers too lenient. It also suggests the coalition negotiation could take plenty of time.
Dutch PM Rutte Failed On Climate Targets
How Mark Rutte succeeds to grab positive vibes and media headlines ...
Mark Rutte UN speech and news headlines ...
Speech by Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the United Nations General Assembly - Sept. 24, 2021 |
Topics in his speech ...
Of course Rutte manages to pull wool over listeners' eyes 🤥
Recently he left the cabinet formation abruptly for a visit to close friend and ally Boris Johnson one day after the Indo-Pacific military AUKUS pact was announced.
Laissez-faire Handling Outbreak by PM Boris Johnson
His suggested agenda priorities: COVID-19 policy and sustainability or green energy. I called BS on his visit ...
Rutte would love to join the Indo-Pacific Naval alliance ... old times relived.
The Carrier Strike Group deployment and Global Britain | UK Defence Journal - March 11, 2021 |
The true Dutch hero on climate change is lawyer Roger Cox ...
Shell: Netherlands court orders oil giant to cut emissions | BBC News - May 26, 2021 |
Friends of the Earth Europe legal action against Shell
Showing little or no empathy of the destructive nature of capitalistic, conservative policy, Mark Rutte manages to keep that smile on his face ... in full control in The Hague representing the wealthy few ...
Will Rutte's Falsehoods Catch Up With Him?
The party Christian Union of leader Segers has sworn not to serve another term under Mark Rutte … what the Dutch need?
Christian Union election slogan: Belief, Hope, and … Love 🙏🏽😖
Slochteren natural gas exploration started in the 1960s … it replaced coal mining in Limburg.
For the population in the province of Groningen, the collapsing earth and quakes was devastating. Dutch government in The Hague proofs once again, they do not care … busy with large corporation and keeping the money flowing to the very well educated and wealthy part of Holland.
Shored-up homes are a common sight in earthquake-hit Groningen