3.1.17

Energy and environmental priorities of the Maltese presidency of the Council of the EU



Malta has taken over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) for the next six months (1 January-30 June 2017). It is now time to take a look at its energy and environmental policy priorities, and what will be on its agenda until the summer.

The programme of the Maltese presidency is based on both joint and more singular interests. A new system has been established after the 2009 Lisbon Treaty to run the presidency work in groups of three Member States or "trios", covering a period of 18 months, complemented by a more detailed programme for the 6-month presidency of each Member State. This post reflects this dynamic, and starts with a rapid review of the Trio-programme, then a review of the Maltese presidency programme, before ending by a personal analysis .

20.12.16

Election time in France! "Présidentielles : les candidats pensent à l'écologie sans l'Europe" (Actu-Environnement)




Ci-dessous vous trouverez le lien vers une tribune commune dont je suis co-auteur et intitulée:






Cette tribune a été publiée sur le site Actu-Environnement.com et a pour but de rappeler les bases européennes du droit de l'environnement. C'est aussi un appel à une évocation juste et précise de ce droit dans la campagne présidentielle en cours à un moment où les candidats élaborent leurs programmes.



Bonne lecture!



8.12.16

28th European Energy Law Seminar, 23-24 January 2017, The Hague, The Netherlands


The 28th European Energy Law Seminar (EELS) is now opened for registration.

Registration website: http://www.never.nl/site/

Place: The seminar will find place at the hotel Hampshire Babylon, The Hague, The Netherlands.

Date: 23-24 January 2017

Organisers: The EELS-seminar is a Cooperation between the Dutch energy law Association, the Energy Law Centre of the University of Groningen and the Energy Law Department of the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, University of Oslo.

On the programme: review of recent EU case Law, impacts of Brexit, winter package and electricity market design, cross-border infrastructures, future roles of DSOs and TSOs, capacity market mechanisms, renewable energy investments, recast of the renewable energy Directive, prosumers, security of gas supply, future role of gas.

We hope to see you there for once again some fruitful discussions around EU energy law topics with other European colleagues.

Do not hesitate to take contact if you have any questions (E-mail).


Welcome!





7.12.16

Interview to RFI - Constitutional Court Decision on speed-up of Germany nuclear phase-out

I had the pleasure to answer some questions to Radio France International on the German Constitutional Court case on nuclear phase-out. Please see below the full article, with comments from diverse actors:




6.12.16

Constitutional Court ruling on the acceleration of nuclear phase-out in Germany: energy companies are entitled to "appropriate" compensation



Today, the German Federal Constitutional Court released its decision in a case opposing the German government to the three energy companies E.ON, RWE and Vattenfall, and related to compensation for the rapid phase-out of nuclear energy in Germany.





The Court concluded that the amendments made to the Atomic Energy Act following the decision by the German authorities in 2011 to accelerate the nuclear phase-out after the accident in Fukushima did not infringe the right to property of the three companies. However, the Court ruled that those companies were entitled to a "reasonable" compensation for the loss they suffered. The German Parliament has until 30 June 2018 to amend the Atomic Energy Act accordingly and the government must reach an agreement on compensation with the three companies.




As argued in my analysis below, even if this case remains a German domestic case, it teaches us some important lessons on the legal requirements for a smooth energy transition.

1.12.16

Foredrag om "Samarbeidsmekanismer etter 2020" på Norweas høstkonferanse 30. november 2016

30. november 2016 arrangerte NORWEA sin anerkjent Høstkonferanse i Oslo, i samarbeid med Arntzen de Besche.

Nedenfor følger en oppsummering av arrangementet:


Jeg hadde selv gleden av å presentere mine synspunkter om fremtiden for "Samarbeidsmekanismer og statsstøtte etter 2020 - Do's and don'ts."

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On 30 November 2016, the Norwegian  Wind Power Association organised its renown Fall Conference.

Hereafter follows a link to a summary of the event (in Norwegian):


Personnally, I had the pleasure to present views on the "Future of Cooperation mechanisms and state aid regime after 2020 - Do's and don'ts".


Picture: (c) Paal Frisvold

30.11.16

Winter Package "Clean Energy for All Europeans" released (European Commission)

The European Commission has adopted and published, on 30 November 2016, one of the most comprehensive and voluminous legislative plackage ever, and definitely the master piece under the Energy Union Strategy.

The so-called "Clean Energy for All Europeans"-package is available at the following webpage: