EEL News Service 2004/02, 29 January 2004

Added to the Case law page:

* Case C-235/02, Saetti en Frediani, ECJ 15 January 2004

Waste or no waste, that’s the question. In this order, the Court explains that products deliberately produced, even if they are a byproduct, and used as fuel (which needs to be certain in advance, as the ECJ already explained in Case C-114/01, AvestaPolarit) do not need to be qualified as waste under the Waste Framework Directive 75/442. Note: Dutch language version for the time being, until English translation becomes available.

Added to the Links page:

* Presidency: Ireland

* Future presidency: The Netherlands

National pages:

* The Netherlands updated

Documents page:

* Communication from the Commission to the Council and the EP, The World Summit on Sustainable Development one year on: implementing our commitments, Brussels, 23.12.2003, COM(2003) 829 final

In this 25 page document, the modest progress so far in implementing the commitments made in Johannesburg are described.

Review page:

* Economic aspects of environmental policy in Russia / Ýêîëîãè÷åñêèå àñïåêòû ýêîëîãè÷åñêîé ïîëèòèêè â Ðîññèè, A.E. Kellermann and W.Th. Douma (eds.), Moscow, January 2004

This bilingual booklet presents a series of contributions on the present system of environment protection in Russia. The authors have different background, ranging from academics to politicians and industry representatives, and sketch a grim picture of the bureaucratic Russian system of permitting and environmental fees. Plans for improving this system, notably where legislative drafts for a new system of environmental fees, integrated permitting and Kyoto mechanisms, are also touched upon.

Conference page:

* 17-18 May 2004, Climate Protection, European Law Academy, Trier, Germany



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)