Judgment of the Court (Second Chamber) of 25 July 2018

Edel Grace and Peter Sweetman v An Bord Pleanala

Request for a preliminary ruling from the Supreme Court

Reference for a preliminary ruling — Environment — Directive 92/43/EC — Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora — Article 6(3) and (4) — Assessment of the implications of a plan or project for a protected site — Plan or project not directly connected with or necessary to the management of the site — Wind farm project — Directive 2009/147/EC — Conservation of wild birds — Article 4 — Special Protection Area (SPA) — Annex I — Hen harrier (Circus cyaneus) — Suitable habitat fluctuating over time — Temporary or permanent reduction of the amount of appropriate land — Measures included in the project to ensure that, during the lifetime of the project, the amount of land that is in fact suitable for hosting the natural habitat of the species will not be reduced and indeed may be enhanced)

Case C-164/17


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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2018:593
25/07/2018 Grace and Sweetman
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Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:C:2018:593
25/07/2018 Grace and Sweetman
Opinion
ECLI:EU:C:2018:274
19/04/2018 Grace and Sweetman
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Application (OJ)
19/05/2017 Grace and Sweetman
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Reports of Cases

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

Subject-matter

Information not available

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


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

  • Directive 92/43 -A02 : paragraph 7
  • Directive 92/43 -A02P2 : paragraph 29
  • Directive 92/43 -A06 : paragraphs 8, 29
  • Directive 92/43 -A06P2 : paragraphs 9, 30
  • Directive 92/43 -A06P3 : paragraphs 1, 9, 16, 18, 21, 24, 26 - 28, 30 - 32, 34, 38, 47, 50, 54, 55, 57
  • Directive 92/43 -A06P4 : paragraphs 1, 9, 16, 17, 22, 24, 28, 47, 55 - 57
  • Directive 92/43 -A07 : paragraphs 9, 27
  • Directive 92/43 -C10 : paragraph 6
  • Directive 2009/147 -A01P1 : paragraph 3
  • Directive 2009/147 -A04 : paragraph 4
  • Directive 2009/147 -A04P1 : paragraph 35
  • Directive 2009/147 -A04P1L4 : paragraph 11
  • Directive 2009/147 -A04P4 : paragraph 27
  • Directive 2009/147 -N1 : paragraphs 5, 11
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -521/12 : paragraphs 45, 49
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -521/12 -N20 : paragraph 43
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -521/12 -N26 : paragraph 54
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -521/12 -N28 : paragraph 47
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -521/12 -N29 : paragraphs 47, 50
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -243/15 -N43 : paragraph 29
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -387/15 : paragraphs 45, 49
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -387/15 -N45 : paragraph 43
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -387/15 -N47 : paragraph 34
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -387/15 -N48 : paragraphs 47, 50
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -387/15 -N52 : paragraph 52
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -387/15 -N56 : paragraph 52
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -387/15 -N57 : paragraph 25
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -387/15 -N58 : paragraph 26
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -387/15 -N63 : paragraph 56
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -142/16 -N34 : paragraph 47
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -142/16 -N38 : paragraph 51
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -142/16 -N71 : paragraph 47
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -323/17 -N24 : paragraph 30
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -323/17 -N25 : paragraph 25
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -323/17 -N28 : paragraph 31
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -323/17 -N29 : paragraph 32
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -323/17 -N38 : paragraph 39
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -441/17 -N106 : paragraph 29
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -441/17 -N108 : paragraph 38
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -441/17 -N109 : paragraph 27
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -441/17 -N113 : paragraph 40
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -441/17 -N116 : paragraph 34
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -441/17 -N120 : paragraph 41

Operative part

  • Interprets : Directive 92/43 -A06P3
  • Interprets : Directive 92/43 -A06P4

Opinion


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 03/04/2017

Date of the Opinion

  • 19/04/2018

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

25/07/2018


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Judgment: OJ C 328 from 17.09.2018, p.16

Application: OJ C 178 from 06.06.2017, p.11

Name of the parties

Grace and Sweetman

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Kole, S.D.P.: Administratiefrechtelijke beslissingen ; Rechtspraak bestuursrecht 2018 Afl.38 p.2258-2260 (NL)
  2. Rigaux, Anne: La Cour prend position sur un projet d'implantation d'un parc éolien en Irlande., Europe 2018 Octobre Comm. nº 10 p.58-59 (FR)
  3. Kaajan, Marieke: Compensatie of mitigatie, Milieu en recht 2018 n°45 p.600-602 (NL)



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Supreme Court - Ireland

Subject-matter

  • Environment

Procedure and result

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling

Formation of the Court

deuxième chambre (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

Toader

Advocate General

Tanchev

Language(s) of the Case

  • English

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • English