SPC Legal has successfully represented the non-profit Baltic Environmental Forum in Vilnius' Administrative Court in its claim that the State Service for Protected Areas unlawfully suspended the expansion of Lithuania's Punia pinewood reserve.
According to SPC Legal, "the Court of the first instance awarded [Baltic Environmental Forum's] claim and determined that the disputed injunction of the STPA was illegal and unjustified, and that the STPA had no factual or legal background to suspend the expansion of the Punia pinewood reserve."
Also, according to SPC Legal, "This case is important to the case law of Lithuania as a private organization ... was recognized as a suitable subject to defend a public interest in court in environmental protection matters according to provisions of the Aarhus Convention."
The court's decision is not yet final and can be appealed.
The SPC Legal team was led by Managing Partner Giedrius Murauskas, working with Associate Arnas Bareika.