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Trajan Shipley
13th January 2022
Consumer, Health & Environment Energy & Transport Internal Market

Member States not required to limit the areas for operators to carry out E&P activities subject to conditions: Court of Justice judgment

In Regione Puglia (C-110/20), the Court of Justice ruled that Member States may grant several licenses to the same operator for the prospection, exploration and production of hydrocarbons (E&P activities), and that therefore they are not compelled to limit such areas, provided that they ensure non-discriminatory access for all operators and assesses the cumulative effect of projects likely to have significant effects on the environment.

The case stems from a request for a preliminary ruling from the Italian Council of State (Consiglio di Stato), in a dispute between a petroleum company and Italian authorities. The company applied for four hydrocarbon exploration permits, each covering an area of 750 km2, which is the maximum s


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