EEL News Service 2003/13, 15 September 2003

Added to the Case law page:

* Case C-236/01, Monsanto Italia SpA and Others v Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri

ECJ 9 September 2003, nyr

The Court judged that the mere presence of residues of transgenic protein in novel foods does not prevent their being placed on the market under a simplified procedure provided there is no risk to human health. However, if a Member State has detailed grounds to suspect such a risk, it may temporarily restrict or suspend the trade in and use of the food in question in its territory. The judgment provides clarity on the definition of the ‘substantial equivalence’ concept. Conditions for application of a safeguard clause with regard to precautionary principle are considered by analogy with the earlier Greenpeace France case (C-6/99).

* Case T-158/03 R_1 Industrias Quemicas del Valles v Commission

CFI 5 September 2003, nyr (in Spanish only)

Added to the Documents page:

*IPPC section: Link to website with BREF notes and their status

*EU Council of ministers’ common position on EU liability directive.

Added to Dossiers:

*New dossier on ‘Environmental liability’ by D. Ratsiborinskaya

Added to Conference page:

*10-14 September 2003, The Fifth WTO Ministerial Conference, Cancun, Mexico

*16-18 September, International Conference on Environmental Rights and Human Rights, Cartagena, Colombia

*12-15 October 2003, Innovating for sustainability, 11th International Conference of the Greening of Industry Network, San Francisco, USA

*29-30 October 2003, Beyond Carbon – Emerging Markets for Ecosystem Services, Ruschlikon, Switzerland

*6-8 November 2003, International Scientific Workshop on Environment, Sustainable Development and Cultural Identity, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba



Wybe Th. Douma (T.M.C. Asser Institute, The Hague)

Jurgen Lefevere (FIELD, London)

Daria Ratsiborinskaya (Institute of European law, MGIMO-University, Moscow)

Technical realisation

Marco van der Harst, Julien J.M. Simon

(T.M.C. Asser Institute, The Hague)