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

Country/Territory
European Union, France
Type of court
International court
Date
Jun 24, 2008
Source
UNEP, InforMEA
Court name
European Court of Justice
Seat of court
Luxembourg
Judge
Kokott, J.
Timmermans, C.W.A
Rosas, A.
Lenaerts, K
Bay Larsen, L.
Silva de Lapuerta, R.
Schiemann, K.
Kuris, P.
Levits, E.
Caoimh, A. Ó
Lindh, P.
Bonichot, J.-C.
von Danwitz, T.
Toader, C.
Reference number
C-188/07
Language
French
Subject
Waste & hazardous substances
Keyword
Polluter pays principle Marine pollution (ship-based sources) Hazardous waste
Abstract
The ECJ gave a preliminary ruling in the case between the French municipality of Mesquer and two Total oil companies concerning compensation for the damage caused by the oil spread on the territory of that municipality following the sinking of the oil tanker Erika. The Court ruled that oil washed up on the shore following the accident classifies as waste under Directive 75/442/EEC on waste. The Court found that in principle, in accordance with the ‘polluter pays’ principle, Total as the producer of the oil, based on its conduct to fail to prevent the oil spill, could also be held responsible and be ordered to finance the clearing up.
Full text
Commune de Mesquer v.Total France SA,Total International Ltd english.pdf
Commune de Mesquer v.Total France SA,Total International Ltd french.pdf
Website
curia.europa.eu

References

Cites

Council Directive 75/442/EEC on waste.

Legislation | European Union | 1975

Keyword: Waste management, Waste disposal, Recycling/reuse, Waste prevention, Polluter pays principle, Hazardous waste, Offences/penalties

Source: FAO, FAOLEX