(L.21) European Commission letter - 14/01/2003


Directorate D - Implementation and Enforcement
ENV.D2 - Legal implementation and enforcement

Brussels, 14. 01. 2003
D(2003) ENV.D2/SG/sh/520118

Mr Philip Kolvin
Crystal Palace Campaign


Dear Mr Kolvin,

Subject: Complaint 99/4465 concerning Crystal Palace

Further to my letter of 21 November 2002, I would like to inform you that the Commission decided at its meeting in December 2002 to refer this matter to the European Court of Justice. The issues that are to be referred to the Court cover two grounds. Firstly, the failure of the United Kingdom authorities to properly consider the need for an environmental impact assessment under Council Directive 85/337/EEC on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment with regard to the Crystal Palace redevelopment project. Secondly, the case addresses the more general exclusion of reserved matters from the environmental assessment process even when these issues may be relevant to a decision as to whether the proposed project is likely to have significant effects on the environment.

I will keep you informed of further developments. As the case has yet to be lodged with the Court, no formal reference number has yet been allocated.

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