EEL News Service 2003/19, 4 December 2003

Added to Legislation page:

* Regulation (EC) no 2003/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 October 2003 relating to fertilizers

Added to Case law page:

*C-296/01, Commission v France

ECJ 20 November 2003, nyr

France was found guilty for not transposing properly the 1990 Directive on environmental use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

* C-356/01, Austria v Commission

ECJ 20 November 2003, nyr

Austria’s action challenging the distribution of ecopoints for 2001 was dismissed. Court stated that the ‘declaration principle’, according to which a journey can be counted as a transit journey solely on the basis of the setting of the ecotag when a heavy goods vehicle enters Austria has no foundation in Community rules.

*C-278/01, Commission v Spain

ECJ 25 November 2003, nyr

For the second time (after Greece) a financial penalty has been imposed on a Member State for not complying with an earlier judgement. Spain was ordered to pay what could amount to over euro 9m. The Court explains how exactly how it calculates this amount. In the earlier Court decision C-92/96 of February 1998, Spain was found guilty for not conforming to the limit values for inshore bathing waters set in the Bathing water directive.

Added to Conference page:

*11-13 May 2004, Managing Corporate Responsibility, London, UK

Added to Vacancies page:

* Junior Consultant

* Consultant



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

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)