Aleksander Gubrynowicz,

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The main purpose of this article is the analysis of the role of the Third Energy Package in the ECJ’s jurisprudence. it is divided in three parts. The first one is the short description of those norms of the package, which found application in the Court’s case-line or are necessary to understand the reasoning adopted by the Luxemburg judges, when applying it to settle disputes dealing with energy sector activities. The second part is the analysis of the most important cases handled recently by the ECJ, (these are notably Alands Vindskraft as well as Staat Nederlanden cases). The third part and concluding remarks — argue that the ECJ’s has adopted rather cautious approach i.e. by rejecting any possibility to encroach other areas regulated by the EU law it rather limited the scope of the application to the problems falling directly within the scope of the directives 2009/72/EC as well 2009/73/EC. This parts offers some explanation, why the ECJ’s stance is focused rather on traditional literal interpretation without even trying to adopt more dynamic approach– which used to be a standard practice of this Court in many other areas regulated by the EC/EU law. Setting aside the problem that the cooperation in the field of energy remains a highly politicized area, the point is, that many practical questions dealing with the EU energy law are settled through the intermediary of the EU competition law, thus limiting in fact the scope of the application of the Third Package in the Court practice. Here also a reader can find an assessment of perspectives of further development of the European jurisprudence in this area.

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