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In a Grand Chamber ruling of 4 September 2018, the European Court of Justice annulled two decisions of the Commission to refuse access to documents on impact assessment reports in environmental matters. The decision is an important precedent to ensure greater transparency of the EU institutions at the early stages of legislative action – arguably… » read more

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The recent judgment of the Court of Justice CJEU) in the so-called Achmea case[1], has given rise to a lot of comments. Now we also dispose of the reaction of the Netherlands government to the case, which can be characterized as quite radical: in the end, all intra-EU bilateral investment treaties (BITs) should be terminated.… » read more

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After last week’s Achmea ruling of the Court of Justice (CJEU) Member States can no longer legally go ahead with ratifying CETA – the mixed Free Trade Agreement that the EU and its Member States agreed with Canada. Achmea casts serious doubts on the legality of CETA’s investment chapter, which allows investors from one Party… » read more

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  The duty of solidarity between EU Member States Although the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) long ago characterised the deliberate refusal of a Member State to implement EU law as a ‘failure in the duty of solidarity’ that ‘strikes at the fundamental basis’ of the EU legal order (Case 39/72, para.… » read more

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In the long-awaited Opinion 2/15, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) declared that “the objective of sustainable development henceforth forms an integral part of the common commercial policy” (CCP) (para. 147). Next to the Court’s findings on other elements of the CCP or the state of EU legislation capable of enhancing the Union’s… » read more

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Current EU-Turkish relations are all but tranquil. Controversial issues like the ‘refugee deal’, the visa waiver roadmap and the promise of revitalized accession negotiations continue to be front page news. Not surprisingly, they eclipse developments in the EU-Turkey Association, the institutionalized international regime established as long ago as 1963 that is intended to foster cooperation… » read more

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On 5 April 2016 the CJEU delivered its judgment in Joined Cases Aranyosi and Căldăraru, which brings much needed developments in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ), more specifically the interplay between the principles of mutual trust and recognition, on the one hand, and the protection of fundamental rights, on the other. Advocate… » read more

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On 4 May the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has rendered three important judgments in the field of tobacco control, each confirming the validity of the EU Tobacco Products Directive. This blog discusses the findings in one of these judgments, (Case C-477/14 Pillbox 38 v The Secretary of State for Health) concerning the newly introduced… » read more

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Yesterday, a challenge of conditionality did not find favour in the European Court. ‘Conditionality’ is another term for a ‘macro-economic adjustment programme’ that EU Member States have to accept when they receive financial assistance to face down financial stability threats. Greece, Ireland, Portugal, and Cyprus have seen far-reaching policy prescription imposed upon them by (formally:… » read more

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Ever since the 2008 CJEU Decision in Metock ruling that non-EU migrants were allowed to live with an EU national in a host state also in cases where they had no prior lawful residence in a Member State, several Member States have expressed their concern about the presumed frequent use of free movement to regularize… » read more

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