Belgium / Council State / 237.860 Non profit organisation ‘Touche pas à mes certificats verts’, François Régis, Warin Christian v the Walloon Region

Key facts of the case: 

The requesting party requested the annulment of a Ministerial Decree of 2 October 2014 regulating electricity produced by renewable sources of energy. Before the adoption of the Ministerial Decree, owners of small solar panel installations received a number of green certificates which they could sell for a fixed amount. The Ministerial Decree changes this to a variable amount.  In its third plea, the requesting party alleged violation of Directive 2009/28/CE on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources and amending and subsequently repealing Directives 2001/77/EC and 2003/30/EC combined with Articles 20 and 21 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

Outcome of the case: 

The Council of State rejected the third plea by considering that neither Directive 2009/28/CE nor articles 20 and 21 of the Charter prevent the Walloon Region from adopting such a Ministerial Decree.

 

Paragraphs referring to EU Charter: 

Considering that no disposition prohibits that the supports and benefits given to producers of green electricity can be modified for the future; that the rules on equality before the law and non-discrimination included in Articles 20 and 21 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union do not prevent it.  (VII.C.2)

Paragraphs referring to EU Charter (original language): 

Considérant qu’aucune de ces dispositions n’interdit que les soutiens et avantages accordés aux producteurs d’électricité verte soient modifiés pour l’avenir; que les règles de l’égalité devant la loi et de non-discrimination inscrites aux articles 20 et 21 de la Charte des droits fondamentaux de l’Union européenne n’y font pas davantage obstacle. (VII.C.2)

Language: 
French
Deciding body (original language): 
Conseil d’Etat/Raad van State
Language: 
French