Judgment of the Court (Fourth Chamber), 3 October 2013

Donal Brady v Environmental Protection Agency

Request for a preliminary ruling from the Supreme Court (Ireland)

Environment — Directive 75/442/EEC — Slurry produced in a piggery and stored there pending its transfer to farmers who use it as fertiliser on their land — Classification as ‘waste’ or ‘by-product’ — Conditions — Burden of proof — Directive 91/676/EEC — Failure to transpose — Personal liability of the producer as to compliance by those farmers with EU law concerning the management of waste and fertilisers

Case C‑113/12


Top of the page Documents in the Case
Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
08/11/2013 Brady
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Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2013:627
03/10/2013 Brady
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Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:C:2013:627
03/10/2013 Brady
Opinion
ECLI:EU:C:2013:324
16/05/2013 Brady
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Application (OJ)
04/05/2012 Brady
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Reports of Cases

published in the electronic Reports of Cases (Court Reports - general)

Subject-matter

Reference for a preliminary ruling - Supreme Court – Interpretation of Article 2(1)(b) of Council Directive 75/442/EEC of 15 July 1975 on waste (OJ 1975 L 194, p. 39) as amended by Council Directive 91/156/EEC of 18 March 1991 (OJ 1991 L 78, p. 32) – Meaning of ‘waste’ – Pig slurry supplied by a pig farmer to farmers as fertiliser – Right of a Member State to impose personal liability on the pig farmer in the event of failure by farmers using his pig slurry as fertiliser on their land to comply with European Union law on the control of waste

Systematic classification scheme

1.
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.23 Environment, sustainable development and climate
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.23 Environment, sustainable development and climate
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.23 Environment, sustainable development and climate
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.23 Environment, sustainable development and climate
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.23 Environment, sustainable development and climate
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.23 Environment, sustainable development and climate


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 174 -P2 : paragraph 39
  • Directive 75/442 : paragraphs 1, 42, 54, 61, 62, 65, 69, 74
  • Directive 75/442 -A01LA : paragraph 72
  • Directive 75/442 -A01LAL1 : paragraphs 3, 35, 38, 39, 44, 49, 51, 60, 83
  • Directive 75/442 -A01LAL2 : paragraphs 5, 35
  • Directive 75/442 -A01LB : paragraph 6
  • Directive 75/442 -A01LC : paragraphs 6, 51
  • Directive 75/442 -A02P1LB : paragraph 69
  • Directive 75/442 -A02P1LBPT3 : paragraphs 7, 67, 70
  • Directive 75/442 -A04 : paragraph 8
  • Directive 75/442 -A08 : paragraphs 9, 74, 76, 78, 80 - 83
  • Directive 75/442 -A08T1 : paragraph 75
  • Directive 75/442 -A10 : paragraphs 10, 77 - 80, 83
  • Directive 75/442 -A11 : paragraphs 77, 80 - 83
  • Directive 75/442 -A11P1 : paragraphs 12, 78, 79
  • Directive 75/442 -A11P2 : paragraphs 12, 78, 79
  • Directive 75/442 -C3 : paragraph 39
  • Directive 75/442 -N1 : paragraph 36
  • Directive 75/442 -N2A : paragraphs 74, 75
  • Directive 75/442 -N2B : paragraphs 74, 75
  • Directive 75/442 -N2BPTR10 : paragraph 11
  • Directive 91/676 : paragraphs 13, 69, 70
  • Directive 91/676 -A03P1 : paragraph 14
  • Directive 91/676 -A03P2 : paragraph 14
  • Directive 91/676 -A04P1LA : paragraph 15
  • Directive 91/676 -A05P1 : paragraph 16
  • Directive 91/676 -A05P4 : paragraph 16
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -418/97 : paragraphs 41, 61
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -9/00 : paragraphs 41, 56, 57
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -114/01 : paragraph 68
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -416/02 : paragraph 50
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -1/03 : paragraph 74
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -121/03 : paragraphs 37, 44 - 46, 63, 67
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -194/05 : paragraphs 38 - 40, 42 - 44, 49, 50, 54, 57, 61
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -252/05 : paragraph 67
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -188/07 : paragraphs 38 - 40, 42 - 44, 51, 59
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -188/08 : paragraph 36
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -113/12 : paragraph 64

Operative part

  • Interprets : Directive 75/442 -A01LAL1
  • Interprets : Directive 75/442 -A02P1LBL3
  • Interprets : Directive 75/442 -A08
  • Interprets : Directive 75/442 -A10
  • Interprets : Directive 75/442 -A11

Opinion

  • TEU, Article 2 : point 89
  • Directive 75/442 : points 1, 45 - 98
  • Directive 75/442 -A01LA : points 3, 59
  • Directive 75/442 -A02P1LB : points 4, 26, 59, 77, 80
  • Directive 75/442 -A04 : point 48
  • Directive 75/442 -A08 : point 5
  • Directive 75/442 -A09 : point 6
  • Directive 75/442 -A10 : point 6
  • Directive 75/442 -A15 : point 7
  • Directive 75/442 -N1 : point 52
  • Directive 91/156 : point 3
  • Directive 91/676 : points 2, 26, 78, 80, 95 - 98
  • Directive 91/676 -A01 : point 8
  • Directive 91/676 -A03P1 : point 9
  • Directive 91/676 -A03P2 : point 9
  • Directive 91/676 -A04 : point 10
  • Directive 91/676 -A05 : point 11
  • Directive 96/61 : point 12
  • Directive 96/61 -A01 : point 12
  • Directive 96/61 -A03LC : point 14
  • Directive 96/61 -A09P3 : point 15
  • Directive 96/61 -N1PT6.6 : point 13
  • Regulation 1774/2002 : points 16, 22, 78
  • Regulation 98/2008 -A05 : points 49, 72
  • Regulation 98/2008 -A06P4 : point 68
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -326/88 : point 90
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -129/96 : point 53
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -418/97 : point 68
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -9/00 : point 53
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -20/00 : point 91
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -416/02 : points 28, 42, 53 - 55, 57
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -457/02 : point 68
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -121/03 : points 42, 53
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -194/05 : points 42, 53, 54, 56, 57, 62, 68
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -195/05 : points 42, 53
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -210/10 : point 90
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -358/11 : point 68


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 01/03/2012

Date of the Opinion

  • 16/05/2013

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

03/10/2013


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Application: OJ C 151 from 26.05.2012, p.18

Judgment: OJ C 344 from 23.11.2013, p.23

Name of the parties

Brady

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Roset, Sébastien: Déchets, Europe 2013 Décembre Comm. nº 12 p.49-50 (FR)
  2. Stöfen, Aleke: Europarechtliche Einstufung von Gülle als Abfall oder Nebenprodukt, Zeitschrift für europäisches Umwelt- und Planungsrecht 2014 p.132-136 (DE)
  3. Langlais, Alexandra: Le lisier : fertilisant ou déchet ? Responsabilité et conséquences , Revue de droit rural 2014 nº 423 p.60-62 (FR)



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Supreme Court - Ireland

Subject-matter

  • Approximation of laws
  • Environment
  • - Waste

Procedure and result

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling

Formation of the Court

quatrième chambre (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

Prechal

Advocate General

Cruz Villalón

Language(s) of the Case

  • English

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • Spanish