Judgment of the Court (Third Chamber), 11 April 2013

Peter Sweetman and Others v An Bord Pleanála

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

Environment — Directive 92/43/EEC — Article 6 — Conservation of natural habitats — Special areas of conservation — Assessment of the implications for a protected site of a plan or project — Criteria to be applied when assessing the likelihood that such a plan or project will adversely affect the integrity of the site concerned — Lough Corrib site — N6 Galway City Outer Bypass road scheme

Case C‑258/11


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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
17/05/2013 Sweetman and Others
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Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2013:220
11/04/2013 Sweetman and Others
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Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:C:2013:220
11/04/2013 Sweetman and Others
Opinion
ECLI:EU:C:2012:743
22/11/2012 Sweetman and Others
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Application (OJ)
15/07/2011 Sweetman and Others
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Reports of Cases

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Subject-matter

Reference for a preliminary ruling – Supreme Court, Ireland – Interpretation of Article 6(3) and (4) of Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (OJ 1992 L 206, p. 7) – Assessment of the implications of a plan or project for a protected site – Criteria to be applied to an assessment of the likelihood of such a plan or project having an adverse effect on the integrity of the site concerned – Consequences of the application of the precautionary principle – Building of a road the path of which crosses a zone proposed as a special area of conservation

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 -A01 : paragraph 4
  • Directive 92/43 -A01LC : paragraph 37
  • Directive 92/43 -A01LD : paragraphs 4, 42
  • Directive 92/43 -A02 : paragraph 5
  • Directive 92/43 -A02P2 : paragraph 30
  • Directive 92/43 -A03P1 : paragraph 6
  • Directive 92/43 -A04P1 : paragraphs 22, 23
  • Directive 92/43 -A06 : paragraph 1
  • Directive 92/43 -A06P2 : paragraphs 7, 22, 32, 33, 36
  • Directive 92/43 -A06P3 : paragraphs 7, 18, 22, 28 - 32, 34 - 36, 39 - 41, 44, 46, 48
  • Directive 92/43 -A06P4 : paragraphs 7, 18, 22, 31, 32, 34 - 36, 47
  • Directive 92/43 -C3 : paragraph 3
  • Directive 92/43 -N1 : paragraph 8
  • 32005CJ0244 : paragraphs 22, 23
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -127/02 : paragraphs 28, 29, 41, 47
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -117/03 : paragraphs 22, 23
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -304/05 : paragraph 34
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -226/08 : paragraph 33
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -308/08 : paragraphs 38, 43
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -404/09 : paragraphs 32, 38, 40, 43, 44
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -182/10 : paragraphs 28, 34, 35, 40

Operative part

  • Interprets : Directive 92/43 -A06P3

Opinion

  • TFEU, Article 267 : points 26, 28
  • Directive 92/43 : point 1
  • Directive 92/43 -A01 : point 2
  • Directive 92/43 -A01LA : point 38
  • Directive 92/43 -A01LD : point 40
  • Directive 92/43 -A01LE : point 38
  • Directive 92/43 -A02 : point 3
  • Directive 92/43 -A02P1 : point 37
  • Directive 92/43 -A02P2 : point 37
  • Directive 92/43 -A03P1 : points 4, 39
  • Directive 92/43 -A04 : point 5
  • Directive 92/43 -A04P1 : point 42
  • Directive 92/43 -A06 : points 6, 36, 41
  • Directive 92/43 -A06P1 : points 43, 70
  • Directive 92/43 -A06P2 : points 5, 25, 43, 44, 70, 75
  • Directive 92/43 -A06P3 : points 1, 5, 23, 25, 30 - 36, 43 - 83
  • Directive 92/43 -A06P4 : points 5, 23 - 32, 43, 50, 62 - 74, 81
  • Directive 92/43 -N1 : points 7, 39
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -346/93 : point 29
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -157/96 : point 51
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -1/02 : point 46
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -127/02 : points 44, 47, 51, 79
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -388/05 : point 64
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -179/06 : point 35
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -173/07 : point 46
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -48/07 : point 30
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -535/07 : point 44
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -226/08 : points 35, 44
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -241/08 : point 35
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -404/09 : points 44, 75
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -182/10 : points 35, 64
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -482/10 : point 28


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 26/05/2011

Date of the Opinion

  • 22/11/2012

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

11/04/2013


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Application: OJ C 226 from 30.07.2011, p.15

Judgment: OJ C 156 from 01.06.2013, p.4

Name of the parties

Sweetman and Others

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Bouveresse, Aude: Directive habitats, Europe 2013 Juin Comm. nº 280 p.39 (FR)
  2. Beier, Arno: Die Beeinträchtigung eines FFH-Gebiets als solchem, Deutsches Verwaltungsblatt 2013 p.1497-1502 (DE)
  3. Verschuuren, J.M.: Milieu en recht 2013 p.186-187 (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

troisième chambre (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

Arestis

Advocate General

Sharpston

Language(s) of the Case

  • English

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • English