EEL News Service 2003/01, 11 February 2003

Added to the Treaties Page
* Consolidated versions of the Treaty on European Union and of the Treaty establishing the European Community after the entry into force of the Treaty of Nice, English version / Nederlandstalige versie (entry into force: 1 February 2003)
Added to the Case law page:
* Case C-512/99, Germany v Commission
Germany asked the Commission to confirm under Article 100A para 4 EC Treaty that it could introduce new, stricter provisions with regard to the classification, packaging and labelling of a particular type of dangerous substances, namely man-made mineral fibers. The Commission decided on this request only after the entry into force of the Treaty of Amsterdam, which changed the rules of the game. Under Article 95 para 5 EC Treaty, for such new stricter national provisions a set of requirements needs to be fulfilled. The German request – made as already explained under the old regime – did not meet the requirements of the new regime and the Commission rejected it. The ECJ confirms that the Commission could do this, in spite of not having told Germany that it would consider the request under the new rules of the EC Treaty rather than the old ones.
Added to the Conferences Page
* 27 February 2003, Final dissemination workshop on the precautionary principle, European Commission, Brussels. More info: Center of technology assessment in Baden-Wurtemberg, hhtp://
* 27-28 March 2003, Neue Entwicklungen im Umwelt- und Verbraucherrecht.
Information, Beteiligung, Rechtsschutz, ZERP und VUR, Bremen
Added to the National pages:
* Update on the Czech Republic
Wybe Douma (T.M.C. Asser Institute, The Hague) Jurgen Lefevere (FIELD, London) Alena Dodokova (Institute for Environmental Policy, Prague)
Technical realisation
Marco van der Harst, Julien J.M. Simon
(T.M.C. Asser Institute, The Hague)