Official Journal of the European Union

C 37/20

Reference for a preliminary ruling from the Conseil d'Etat (France) lodged on 11 December 2007 — Commune de Sausheim v Pierre Azelvandre

(Case C-552/07)

(2008/C 37/29)

Language of the case: French

Referring court

Conseil d'Etat

Parties to the main proceedings

Appellant: Commune de Sausheim

Respondent: Pierre Azelvandre

Questions referred


Must ‘the location where the release’ of genetically modified organisms ‘will be carried out’ which, under Article 19 of Council Directive 90/220/EEC of 23 April 1990 on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms (1), may not be kept confidential, mean the registered parcel of land or a larger geographical area corresponding either to the commune in which the release occurs or to an even greater area such as a Canton or Department?


If the location is to be understood as requiring designation of the registered parcel of land, can an exception relating to the protection of public order or other confidential matters protected by law preclude, on the basis of Article 95 of the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community, now the European [Union], or of Directive 2003/4/EC (2) of 28 January 2003 on public access to environmental information or of a general principle of Community law, the disclosure of the registered reference number or numbers of the location of the release?

(1)  OJ 1990 L 117, p. 15.

(2)  Directive 2003/4/EC of 28 January 2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council on public access to environmental information and repealing Council Directive 90/313/EEC (OJ 2003 L 41, p. 26).