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Judgment of the Court (First Chamber) of 4 May 2016 — European Commission v Republic of Austria

(Case C-346/14) 1

(Failure of a Member State to fulfil obligations — Article 4(3) TEU — Article 288 TFEU — Directive 2000/60/EC — EU water policy — Article 4(1) — Prevention of deterioration of the status of bodies of surface water — Article 4(7) — Derogation from the prohibition of deterioration — Overriding public interest — Authorisation to construct a hydropower plant on the Schwarze Sulm River (Austria) — Deterioration of the water status)

Language of the case: German


Applicant: European Commission (represented by: E. Manhaeve, C. Hermes and G. Wilms, acting as Agents)

Defendant: Republic of Austria (represented by: C. Pesendorfer, acting as Agent)

Intervener in support of the defendant: Czech Republic (represented by: M. Smolek, Z. Petzl and J. Vláčil, acting as Agents)

Operative part of the judgment

The Court:

Dismisses the action;

Orders the European Commission to pay the costs.


1 OJ C 361, 13.10.2014.