Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Contrary to the widely held belief that the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) would not deliver its final decision until sometime in 2012, after the EU's new regulations on aviation emissions are scheduled to take effect, it is now being reported that the decision will come two weeks from today. See Barbara Lewis and Nina Chestney, EU Court to Rule on Airline CO2 Cap December 21, Reuters, Dec. 6, 2011 (available here). The safe guess right now is that the opinion will adhere closely to the analysis contained within the Advocate General's October 6 advisory opinion. We have discussed that opinion at length on the blog over the past two months and have provided links to external, and often contrary, evaluations of the opinion. For blog readers interested in what to anticipate from the CJEU, we recommend browsing the archives going back to October 6. We'll be certain to provide analysis of the final opinion when it is delivered.