The main theme of the IMPEL meeting is the promotion of the implementation of EU environmental law. The agenda features discussions on projects realised in 2019 and those planned for 2020, the Commission’s remarks, and a situation report on the Commission’s Environmental Compliance Assurance actions, including the EU’s role in applying the Aarhus Convention.
In the judgment European Commission v Ireland (C-261/18), delivered on 12 November 2019, the Grand Chamber of the Court imposed pecuniary penalties on Ireland for failing to give concrete effect to the judgment of 3 July 2008, Commission v Ireland,
in so far as the Court had held in that judgment that Ireland had infringed Directive 85/337 as a result of the construction of a wind farm at Derrybrien (Ireland) without a prior environmental impact assessment having been carried out.
Update: a speech by Commissioner Vella was made available.
The key decisions taken by the Commission are presented below and grouped by policy area.
The Commission is also closing 146 cases in which the issues with the Member States concerned have been solved without the Commission needing to pursue the procedure further.
The Commission has not proven that the mixture constitutes waste and, thus, that its shipment constitutes a shipment of waste in respect of which a take-back may, in certain cases, be required.