Ireland wins EU court battle on planning fees

Judges reject any breach of EU impact assessment rules, arguing fees are a matter of national law

The European court of justice has cleared Ireland in a dispute with the European commission over the charging of a €20 fee for commenting on planning applications and objecting to them.  Endorsing an advisory opinion issued earlier this year (EED 22/06/06), the court ruled that the commission’s claim that the fee breached EU environmental impact assessment rules was "without foundation".  The fee is a matter of national law, judges argued.  See case C-216/05, and reactions from Irish environment ministry and FIE.

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