Appeal brought on 27 January 2021 by European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators against the judgment of the General Court (Second Chamber) delivered on 18 November 2020 in Case T-735/18, Aquind v ACER

(Case C-46/21 P)

Language of the case: English

Parties

Appellant: European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) (represented by: P. Martinet, E. Tremmel, Agents, B. Creve, advokat)

Other party to the proceedings: Aquind Ltd

Form of order sought

The appellant claims that the Court should:

set aside the judgment under appeal in whole or in part;

if the Court considers that the state of the proceedings so permits, dismiss the action at first instance as unfounded;

in the alternative, refer the case back to the General Court for determination in accordance with the judgment of the Court of Justice;

order Aquind Ltd to pay the costs of both the appeal proceedings and the proceedings before the General Court.

Pleas in law and main arguments

In the judgment under appeal, the General Court upheld the applicant's fourth plea and ninth plea and, on that basis, annulled Decision A-001-2018 of the Board of Appeal of ACER, dismissed the remainder of the application, and ordered ACER to pay the costs. In the present appeal, ACER submits that the General Court committed the following errors of law:

The General Court erred in law with regard to the intensity of the review undertaken by the Board of Appeal of ACER, in general and in the case at hand, with regard to errors in complex technical and economic assessments.

The General Court erred in law with regard to the interpretation of Article 17(1)(b) of Regulation 714/2009.1

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1 Règlement (CE) no 714/2009 du Parlement européen et du Conseil du 13 juillet 2009 sur les conditions d’accès au réseau pour les échanges transfrontaliers d’électricité et abrogeant le règlement (CE) no 1228/2003 (OJ 2009, L 211, p. 15).