EEL News Service 2008/13, 3 July 2008

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38th Asser Colloquium on European Law
“Integrating Climate and Energy policy in the EU”

23-24 October 2008, Province of South-Holland, The Hague

The 38th Asser Colloquium on European Law is dedicated to the different legal and policy questions arising in the European and in the global context with regard to climate and energy. Amongst other issues, the following points will be addressed during the colloquium:

  • Legal implications of climate and energy policy
  • Relation between climate change and energy measures
  • Distribution of commitments within the EU
  • Energy security and energy supply issues
  • Common but differentiated responsibilities within and outside the EU
  • Role of market based instruments
  • Acting regionally / nationally / at the EU level – what are the hurdles?
  • Harmonization of climate and energy policy and law within Europe
  • Aviation and climate change
  • EU position on the international debate on the future of the Kyoto Protocol
  • EU commitments and third countries.

For more information please contact:
Marianna Kondas, Phone: +31 70 3 420 822 E-mail:
Leonardo Massai, Phone: +31 70 3 420 309 E-mail:
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Added to Case Law, ECJ
C-188/07, Commune de Mesquer vs. Total France SA and Total International Ltd
ECJ 24-06-2008, not yet reported
The ECJ gave a preliminary ruling in the case between the French municipality of Mesquer and two Total oil companies concerning compensation for the damage caused by the oil spread on the territory of that municipality following the sinking of the oil tanker Erika. The Court ruled that oil washed up on the shore following the accident classifies as waste under Directive 75/442/EEC on waste. The Court found that in principle, in accordance with the ‘polluter pays’ principle, Total as the producer of the oil, based on its conduct to fail to prevent the oil spill, could also be held responsible and be ordered to finance the clearing up.
Sector: W