Fulvio Leonzio

Cities and environmental protection. What role within the European Union context?

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After having reconstructed the EU’s growing interest in cities, the relevance of which has gradually emerged in parallel with the debate within the EU institutions on the issues of sustainability and environmental protection, the paper analyses a recent dispute before the EU courts. The case involved the municipal institutions of Madrid, Paris and Brussels, on the one hand, and the European Commission and some Member States, on the other. The rulings are an opportunity to reflect on the locus standi of local authorities before the CJEU and the overall role of such local entities in the european multilevel system


  • EU urban policy
  • sustainability principle
  • local entities
  • access to CJEU
  • climate neutrality


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