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Document 62015CJ0321

Judgment of the Court (Fifth Chamber) of 8 March 2017.
ArcelorMittal Rodange et Schifflange SA v État du Grand-duché de Luxembourg.
Reference for a preliminary ruling — Environment — Scheme for greenhouse gas emissions allowance trading in the European Union — Directive 2003/87/EC — Article 3(a) — Articles 11 and 12 — Cessation of activities of an installation — Surrender of unused allowances — Period from and including 2008 to 2012 — No compensation — Broad logic of the greenhouse gas emissions allowance trading scheme.
Case C-321/15.

Judgment of the Court (Fifth Chamber) of 8 March 2017.
ArcelorMittal Rodange et Schifflange SA v État du Grand-duché de Luxembourg.
Request for a preliminary ruling from the Cour constitutionnelle (Luxembourg).
Reference for a preliminary ruling — Environment — Scheme for greenhouse gas emissions allowance trading in the European Union — Directive 2003/87/EC — Article 3(a) — Articles 11 and 12 — Cessation of activities of an installation — Surrender of unused allowances — Period from and including 2008 to 2012 — No compensation — Broad logic of the greenhouse gas emissions allowance trading scheme.
Case C-321/15.

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Case C‑321/15

ArcelorMittal Rodange and Schifflange SA

v

État du Grand-duché de Luxembourg

(Request for a preliminary ruling
from the Cour constitutionnelle (Luxembourg))

(Reference for a preliminary ruling — Environment — Scheme for greenhouse gas emissions allowance trading in the European Union — Directive 2003/87/EC — Article 3(a) — Articles 11 and 12 — Cessation of activities of an installation — Surrender of unused allowances — Period from and including 2008 to 2012 — No compensation — Broad logic of the greenhouse gas emissions allowance trading scheme)

Summary — Judgment of the Court (Fifth Chamber), 8 March 2017

Environment — Atmospheric pollution — Directive 2003/87 — Scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading — Cessation of activities of an installation — Failure by the operator to fulfil the obligation to inform the competent authority in a timely manner — National legislation requiring the surrender of unused allowances without compensation — Lawfulness — Categorisation of unused allowances as emissions allowances within the meaning of the directive — Not included

(European Parliament and Council Directive 2003/87, as amended by Regulation No 219/2009, Art. 3(a))

Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 October 2003 establishing a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Community and amending Council Directive 96/61/EC, as amended by Regulation (EC) No 219/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2009, must be interpreted as not precluding national legislation which allows the competent authority to require the surrender, without full or partial compensation, of unused allowances which have been improperly issued to an operator, as a result of the failure by the latter to comply with the obligation to inform the competent authority in due time of the cessation of the operation of an installation.

The allowances issued after an operator has ceased the activities performed in the installation to which those allowances relate, without informing the competent authority beforehand, cannot be classified as emissions ‘allowances’ within the meaning of Article 3(a) of Directive 2003/87, as amended by Regulation No 219/2009.

(see para. 40, operative part)

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