Judgment of the Court (Grand Chamber) of 24 June 2008.

Commune de Mesquer v Total France SA and Total International Ltd.

Reference for a preliminary ruling: Cour de cassation - France.

Directive 75/442/EEC - Waste management - Concept of waste - ‘Polluter pays’ principle - Holder - Previous holders - Producer of the product from which the waste came - Hydrocarbons and heavy fuel oil - Shipwreck - International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage - International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund.

Case C-188/07.


Top of the page Documents in the Case
Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
15/08/2008 Commune de Mesquer
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Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:C:2008:359
24/06/2008 Commune de Mesquer
Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2008:359
24/06/2008 Commune de Mesquer
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Opinion
ECLI:EU:C:2008:174
13/03/2008 Commune de Mesquer
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Application (OJ)
09/06/2007 Commune de Mesquer
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Top of the page Legal analysis of the decision or of the case

Reports of Cases

2008 I-04501

Subject-matter

Reference for a preliminary ruling – Cour de cassation (France) – Interpretation of Article 1 of Directive 75/442/EEC of the Council of 15 July 1975 on waste (OJ 1975 L 194, p. 39), as amended by Directive 91/156/EEC of 18 March 1991 (OJ 1991 L 78, p. 32) and of Category Q4 of Annex 1 and of Article 1(b) and (c) and Article 15 of Directive 2006/12/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 April 2006 on waste (OJ 2006 L 114, p. 9) – Definition of waste – Inclusion of hydrocarbons and heavy fuel oil, by itself or mixed with water and sand? – Responsibility of the producer and/or holder of the waste where it is transported by a third party

Systematic classification scheme

1.
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-21 Environment
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-21 Environment
A The Community legal order
  A-04 Community law and international law
    A-04.00 General
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-21 Environment


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

Operative part

Opinion


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 03/04/2007

Date of the Opinion

  • 13/03/2008

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

24/06/2008


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Application: OJ C 129 from 09.06.2007, p.9

Judgment: OJ C 209 from 15.08.2008, p.10

Name of the parties

Commune de Mesquer

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Broussy, Emmanuelle ; Donnat, Francis ; Lambert, Christian: Chronique de jurisprudence communautaire. Environnement - Principe du pollueur-payeur, L'actualité juridique ; droit administratif 2008 p.1537-1538 (FR)
  2. Backes, Ch.W.: Administratiefrechtelijke beslissingen ; Rechtspraak bestuursrecht 2008 nº 275 (NL)
  3. Simon, Denys: Notion de déchet, Europe 2008 Août-Septembre Comm. nº 280 p.32-33 (FR)
  4. Cachard, Olivier: Un demandeur peut-il obtenir du droit communautaire ce que le droit maritime lui interdit de demander?, Le droit maritime français 2008 p.712-719 (FR)
  5. Paone, Vincenzo: Novità dall'Unione europea in materia di gestione dei rifiuti, Il Foro italiano 2008 IV Col.403-405 (IT)
  6. Mok, M.R.: Nederlandse jurisprudentie ; Uitspraken in burgerlijke en strafzaken 2008 nº 459 (NL)
  7. Pagh, Peter: Affald og ansvar for forureningsskader ved skibsforlis - kommentar til EF-domstolens dom i C-188/07 Commune de Mesquer, Ugeskrift for Retsvæsen B 2008 p.354-359 (DA)
  8. Lancaster, Sarah: The Polluter Pays: Total may be held liable for Oil Spill from the Erika, European Law Reporter 2008 p.407-409 (EN)
  9. Tsadiras, Alexandros: Elliniki Epitheorisi Evropaïkou Dikaiou 2008 p.543-545 (EL)
  10. Mourkou, P.: Evropaion Politeia 2008 p.784-789 (EL)
  11. De Sadeleer, Nicolas: Arrêt "Erika": le principe du "pollueur-payeur" et la responsabilité pour l'élimination des déchets engendrés par le naufrage d'un navire pétrolier, Journal des tribunaux / droit européen 2008 nº 152 p.239-240 (FR)
  12. Pappalardo, Antonio: Nozione di rifiuti e principio "chi inquina paga" nella giurisprudenza della Corte di giustizia, Diritto pubblico comparato ed europeo 2008 p.2065-2072 (IT)
  13. Giovagnoli, Flaminia: Applicazione del principio "chi inquina paga". L'onere finanziario dello smaltimento dei rifiuti causati dal naufragio di una petroliera, Rassegna dell'avvocatura dello Stato 2008 4 Sez. II p.96-102 (IT)
  14. Lavranos, Nikolaos: The epilogue in the MOX plant dispute: An end without findings, European Law Reporter 2009 p.117-121 (EN)
  15. Chaminade, André: Notion de déchet et mise en oeuvre du principe pollueur-payeur, La Semaine Juridique - édition générale 2009 II 10079 p.33-35 (FR)
  16. Bianchi, Roberta: Rilevanza penale dell'inquinamento provocato dalle navi e recenti decisioni della Corte di Giustizia, Ambiente: mensile di diritto e pratica per l'impresa 2009 nº 05 p.431-437 (IT)
  17. Makowiak, Jessica: Spécificité de l'ordre juridique communautaire et pragmatisme de la Cour: ou comment lutter efficacement contre les pollutions maritimes, Revue trimestrielle de droit européen 2009 p.402-420 (FR)
  18. Goldschmidt, Adam: Om ansvaret for hindring og begrænsning af miljøskade i forbindelse med bjærgning af skib i henhold til sølovens § 449 og EU's affaldsdirektivs art. 15, Ugeskrift for Retsvæsen B 2009 p.324-330 (DA)
  19. Kosmidis, T.: Armenopoulos 2009 p.988-1000 (EL)
  20. Eckes, Christina: Case C-188/07, Commune de Mesquer v. Total France and Total International Ltd., Judgment of the Court of Justice (Grand Chamber) of 24 June 2008 [2008] ECR I-4501; Case C-301/08, Irène Bogiatzi v. Deutscher Luftpool, Société Luxair, European Communities, Luxembourg, Foyer Assurances SA, Judgment of the Court of Justice (Fourth Chamber) of 22 October 2009, Common Market Law Review 2010 Vol. 47 nº 3 p.899-915 (EN)
  21. Sabato, Gabriele: Le misure di messa in sicurezza e la bonifica a carico del proprietario incolpevole? Parola alla Corte di giustizia, Giornale di diritto amministrativo 2014 p.04-365-371 (IT)



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Cour de cassation - France

Subject-matter

  • Environment
  • - Waste
  • - Pollution

Provisions of national law referred to

Code de l'environnement

Provisions of international law referred to

Information not available

Procedure and result

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling

Formation of the Court

grande chambre (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

Toader

Advocate General

Kokott

Language(s) of the Case

  • French

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • German