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Data protection 15-06-2021

EU Court: GDPR cross-border cases not limited to leading authority

Under exceptional conditions, data protection authorities have the power to open legal proceedings for GDPR infringement even when the organisation concerned is legally based in another EU country.
Digital & Media 15-01-2020

Indiscriminate data retention ‘incompatible’ with EU charter, ECJ says

Cases of 'general and indiscriminate' data retention by EU national security authorities seriously interfere with the privacy protections enshrined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, according to a non-binding opinion from the European Court of Justice delivered on Wednesday.
Air Quality 22-02-2018

EU court rules against Poland’s air pollution

The Court of Justice ruled on Thursday (22 February) that Poland has infringed air quality laws, urging Warsaw to comply "without delay" or face fines after finding that the country has regularly exceeded fine particle limits for years.
Languages & Culture 20-05-2015

MEPs demand urgent VAT reduction for e-books

Members of the European Parliament have asked the Commission to take urgent action to align VAT rates for electronic books and press with those applied to paper publications. But no reform will take place before 2016. EURACTIV France reports
Transport 07-12-2011

Ruling on airline carbon limits expected soon

The European Union's highest court is expected to give its final ruling on Dec. 21 on a European law that would force all airlines to pay for their carbon emissions, an EU source said yesterday (6 December). The ruling was previously expected in early 2012.
Enlargement 01-12-2009

Serbia challenges Kosovo independence in court

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague has today (1 December) started to examine the legality of Kosovo's declaration of independence, which is contested by Serbia. The judgment could tip Kosovo's future towards full international recognition or push it back under the auspices of the Serbian state.
Energy 22-10-2009

Court ruling need not cause carbon market to unravel

Can the European Commission impose a cap on member states' CO2 emissions covered by the EU's emissions trading system? asks Christian Egenhofer, a senior fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), in an October paper, following the Court of First Instance's annulment of a European Commission decision to lower the carbon emission quotas of Poland and Estonia.
Future EU 06-04-2009

Can an Irish protocol be added to Croatia’s Accession Agreement?

"There is unlikely to be anyone with locus standi who would challenge non-compliance with Community law [in the European Court of Justice]" on the Irish protocol issue, writes Stanley Crossick, the founder of the European Policy Centre and a commentator on EU policies, on his blog.
Competition 18-07-2008

EU Court says Spanish blockage of energy merger illegal

The EU's highest court ruled on 17 July that Spain broke EU internal market rules when it insisted last year that all mergers in the energy sector must be pre-approved by its national energy regulator, effectively thwarting a takeover attempt on the national energy company Endesa by Germany's E.ON.

Implications of the Reform Treaty for EU Justice and Home Affairs policies

The field of Justice and Home Affairs is among those most "fundamentally changed" by the Reform Treaty, write Sergio Carrera and Florian Geyer in a 17 August 2007 paper for the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).

Latvia joins revolt against EU CO2 caps

The small Baltic state has become the sixth EU member to initiate legal action against the European Commission following its decision to slash the amount of carbon allowances that the country can allocate to companies under the European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).
Transport 01-08-2007

Poland halts ‘Via Baltica’ highway plan

Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski has ordered the suspension of works on a contested highway running through protected wetlands in Poland after the Commission asked for urgent measures to be taken by the European Court of Justice.
Climate change 29-06-2007

France faces fine over nitrates pollution

The European Commission referred France to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over nitrate pollution of surface water in Brittany on 27 June 2007, amid concerns that the EU is nevertheless still supporting intensive farming in the region.

UK tourists ‘at risk’ from EU Treaty rejection

A recently launched justice organisation, The Just Umbrella, has urged EU leaders to include justice as part of the proposed Treaty revisions, or put British and other tourists at risk from legal and judicial discrimination while abroad.

Constitution to extend ECJ’s power to foreign policy and fundamental rights

If the Constitution is adopted, the President of the European Court of Justice says it will rule on foreign policy and fundamental rights. Meanwhile, the French Constitutional Court has consecrated the primacy of European law.
Security 03-05-2004

Handling EU asylum claims: new approaches examined

The UK House of Lords EU committee warned in a report that offshore processing of asylum seekers is "not the answer" to lightening EU's refugee caseload.
Future EU 17-03-2004

The Future Role of the European Court of Justice

This report by the UK's House of Lords examines the role of the European Court of Justice in light of the draft Constitutional Treaty text as it currently stands.
EU Priorities 2020 07-03-2001

Court of Justice upholds Connolly sacking

Court of Justice upholds sacking of Commission official over publication of best-selling book criticising single currency

EU Court fines Greece for failing to respect environmental laws

For the first time ever, the European Court of Justice has fined a member state for failure to respect EU legislation.