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POLITICO Brussels Influence: ECJ goes green — Data-driven lobbying — Brexit and health care

November 28, 2016, Politico

Cándido García Molyneux and Bart Van Vooren are quoted in a Politico article regarding the recent European Court of Justice rulings which interpreted elements of a global chemical safety protocol. According to García Molyneux, “The EU Court’s rulings of this week are not that surprising in light of the [safety protocol] Aarhus Convention and the EU’s implementation and the Court of Justice’s past rulings in environmental law.” He continues, “In the balance between commercial and environmental interests, the EU Court has generally tended to favor the environment.”

“Though not a political activist, the Court certainly actively manages its docket,” Van Vooren says. “Individuals, companies, NGOs and even third countries are increasingly aware that the EU Court of Justice … is one of the core institutions, given the impact its judgments often have on their interests.” He adds, “Unavoidably, the Court is on a fairly regular basis asked to rule on deeply political questions.”


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