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The European Court
Court
of Justice
Justice
(ECJ), officially just the Court
Court
of Justice
Justice
(French: Cour de Justice), is the supreme court of the European Union
European Union
in matters of European Union
European Union
law. As a part of the Court of Justice of the European Union
Court of Justice of the European Union
it is tasked with interpreting EU law and ensuring its equal application across all EU member states.[1] The Court
Court
was established in 1952 and is based in Luxembourg. It is composed of one judge per member state – currently 28 – although it normally hears cases in panels of three, five or 15[2] judges. The court has been led by president Koen Lenaerts
Koen Lenaerts
since 2015.[1]

Contents

1 History 2 Overview 3 Composition

3.1 Judges 3.2 President 3.3 Vice-President 3.4 Advocates General 3.5 The Registrar 3.6 Chambers

4 Jurisdiction
Jurisdiction
and powers

4.1 Actions for failure to fulfil obligations: infringement procedure 4.2 Actions for annulment 4.3 Actions for failure to act 4.4 Application for compensation based on non-contractual liability 4.5 Appeals on points of law 4.6 References for a preliminary ruling

5 Procedure and working languages 6 Seat 7 Landmark decisions 8 Criticism 9 See also 10 Notes 11 References 12 Further reading 13 External links

History[edit] Further information: History of the European Union The court was established in 1952, by the Treaty of Paris (1951) as part of the European Coal and Steel Community.[1] It was established with seven judges, allowing both representation of each of the six member States and being an unequal number of judges in case of a tie. One judge was appointed from each member state and the seventh seat rotated between the "large Member States" (West Germany, France
France
and Italy). It became an institution of two additional Communities in 1957 when the European Economic Community
European Economic Community
(EEC), and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) were created, sharing the same courts with the European Coal and Steel Community. The Maastricht Treaty
Maastricht Treaty
was ratified in 1993, and created the European Union. The name of the Court
Court
did not change unlike the other institutions. The power of the Court
Court
resided in the Community pillar (the first pillar).[3] The Court
Court
gained power in 1997 with the signing of the Amsterdam Treaty. Issues from the third pillar were transferred to the first pillar. Previously, these issues were settled between the member states. Following the entrance into force of the Treaty of Lisbon
Treaty of Lisbon
on 1 December 2009, the ECJ's official name was changed from the " Court
Court
of Justice
Justice
of the European Communities" to the " Court
Court
of Justice" although in English it is still most common to refer to the Court
Court
as the European Court
Court
of Justice. The Court
Court
of First Instance was renamed as the "General Court", and the term " Court
Court
of Justice
Justice
of the European Union" will officially designate the two courts, as along with its specialised tribunals, taken together.[4] Overview[edit]

Twin towers of the European Court
Court
of Justice, in Kirchberg, Luxembourg.

The ECJ is the highest court of the European Union
European Union
in matters of Union law, but not national law. It is not possible to appeal the decisions of national courts to the ECJ, but rather national courts refer questions of EU law to the ECJ.[5] However, it is ultimately for the national court to apply the resulting interpretation to the facts of any given case. Although, only courts of final appeal are bound to refer a question of EU law when one is addressed. The treaties give the ECJ the power for consistent application of EU law across the EU as a whole. The court also acts as arbiter between the EU's institutions and can annul the latter's legal rights if it acts outside its powers.[1] The judicial body is now undergoing strong growth, as witnessed by its continually rising caseload and budget. The Luxembourg
Luxembourg
courts received more than 1,300 cases when the most recent data was recorded in 2008, a record. The staff budget also hit a new high of almost €238 million in 2009,[6] while in 2014 €350 million was budgeted.[7] Composition[edit] Further information: List of members of the European Court
Court
of Justice Judges[edit] The Court
Court
of Justice
Justice
consists of 28 Judges who are assisted by 11 (as of 05/10/2016) Advocates-General. The Judges and Advocates-General are appointed by common accord of the governments of the member states[8] and hold office for a renewable term of six years. The treaties require that they are chosen from legal experts whose independence is "beyond doubt" and who possess the qualifications required for appointment to the highest judicial offices in their respective countries or who are of recognised competence.[8] 37% of judges had experience of judging appeals before they joined the ECJ.[9] In practice, each member state nominates a judge whose nomination is then ratified by all the other member states.[10] President[edit] The President of the Court
Court
of Justice
Justice
is elected from and by the judges for a renewable term of three years. The president presides over hearings and deliberations, directing both judicial business and administration (for example, the time table of the Court
Court
and Grand Chamber). He also assigns cases to the chambers for examination and appoints judge as rapporteurs (reporting judges).[11] The Council may also appoint assistant rapporteurs to assist the President in applications for interim measures and to assist rapporteurs in the performance of their duties.[12]

# Term President State

1 1952–1958 Massimo Pilotti  Italy

2 1958–1964 Andreas Matthias Donner  Netherlands

3 1964–1967 Charles Léon Hammes  Luxembourg

4 1967–1976 Robert Lecourt  France

5 1976–1980 Hans Kutscher  Germany

6 1980–1984 Josse Mertens de Wilmars  Belgium

7 1984–1988 John Mackenzie-Stuart  United Kingdom

8 1988–1994 Ole Due  Denmark

9 1994–2003 Gil Carlos Rodríguez Iglesias  Spain

10 7 October 2003 – 6 October 2015 Vassilios Skouris  Greece

11 8 October 2015–incumbent Term expires 6 October 2018 Koen Lenaerts  Belgium

Source: "The Presidents of the Court
Court
of Justice". CVCE. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 

Vice-President[edit] The post of vice-president was created by amendments to the Statute
Statute
of the Court
Court
of Justice
Justice
in 2012. The duty of the Vice-President is to assist the President in the performance of his duties and to take the President's place when the latter is prevented from attending or when the office of president is vacant. In 2012, judge Koen Lenaerts
Koen Lenaerts
of Belgium
Belgium
became the first judge to carry out the duties of the Vice-President of the Court
Court
of Justice. Like the President of the Court
Court
of Justice, the Vice-President is elected by the members of the Court
Court
for a term of three years.[13]

# Term President State

1 9 October 2012 – 6 October 2015 Koen Lenaerts  Belgium

2 8 October 2015–incumbent Term expires 6 October 2018 Antonio Tizzano  Italy

Advocates General[edit] The judges are assisted by eleven[14] Advocates General, whose number may be increased by the Council if the Court
Court
so requests. The Advocates General are responsible for presenting a legal opinion on the cases assigned to them. They can question the parties involved and then give their opinion on a legal solution to the case before the judges deliberate and deliver their judgment. The intention behind having Advocates General attached is to provide independent and impartial opinions concerning the Court's cases. Unlike the Court's judgments, the written opinions of the Advocates General are the works of a single author and are consequently generally more readable and deal with the legal issues more comprehensively than the Court, which is limited to the particular matters at hand. The opinions of the Advocates General are advisory and do not bind the Court, but they are nonetheless very influential and are followed in the majority of cases.[15] In a 2016 study, Arrebola and Mauricio measured the influence of the Advocate General on the judgments of the Court, showing that the Court
Court
is approximately 67% more likely to deliver a particular outcome if that was the opinion of the Advocate General.[16] As of 2003, Advocates General are only required to give an opinion if the Court
Court
considers the case raises a new point of law.[1][17] According to Article 255 TFUE the judges and advocates-general are appointed by common accord of the governments of the Member States after consultation of a panel responsible for assessing candidates’ suitability.[18] The Registrar[edit] The Registrar is the Court's chief administrator. They manage departments under the authority of the Court's president.[17] The Court
Court
may also appoint one or more Assistant Registrars. They help the Court, the Chambers, the President and the Judges in all their official functions. They are responsible for the Registry as well as for the receipt, transmission and custody of documents and pleadings that have been entered in a register initialled by the President. They are Guardian of the Seals and responsible for the Court's archives and publications. The Registrar is responsible for the administration of the Court, its financial management and its accounts. The operation of the Court
Court
is in the hands of officials and other servants who are responsible to the Registrar under the authority of the President. The Court administers its own infrastructure; this includes the Translation Directorate, which, as of 2012[update] employed 44.7% of the staff of the institution.[19] Chambers[edit] The Court
Court
can sit in plenary session, as a Grand Chamber of fifteen judges (including the president and vice-president), or in chambers of three or five judges. Plenary sittings are now very rare, and the court mostly sits in chambers of three or five judges.[20] Each chamber elects its own president who is elected for a term of three years in the case of the five-judge chambers or one year in the case of three-judge chambers. The Court
Court
is required to sit in full court in exceptional cases provided for in the treaties. The court may also decide to sit in full, if the issues raised are considered to be of exceptional importance.[1] Sitting as a Grand Chamber is more common and can happen when a Member State or a Union institution, that is a party to certain proceedings, so requests, or in particularly complex or important cases. The court acts as a collegial body: decisions are those of the court rather than of individual judges; no minority opinions are given and indeed the existence of a majority decision rather than unanimity is never suggested.[21] Jurisdiction
Jurisdiction
and powers[edit] The idea behind European Union
European Union
legislation is that each Member State shall incorporate into its own domestic law the principles laid down in the Union legislation.[citation needed] It is the responsibility of the Court
Court
of Justice
Justice
to ensure that the law is observed in the interpretation and application of the Treaties of the European Union and of the provisions laid down by the competent Community institutions[1][a] To enable it to carry out that task, the Court
Court
has broad jurisdiction to hear various types of action. The Court
Court
has competence, among other things, to rule on applications for annulment or actions for failure to act brought by a Member State or an institution, actions against Member States for failure to fulfil obligations, references for a preliminary ruling and appeals against decisions of the General Court.[1] Actions for failure to fulfil obligations: infringement procedure[edit] Under Article 258 (ex Article 226) of the Treaty
Treaty
on the Functioning of the European Union, the Court
Court
of Justice
Justice
may determine whether a Member State has fulfilled its obligations under Union law. That action may be brought by the Commission – as is practically always the case – or by another Member State, although the cases of the latter kind remain extremely rare. As of 2012, only four interstate cases have been decided by the court: [22]

France
France
v. United Kingdom
United Kingdom
(case C-141/78), judgement of 14.10.1979 on a British unilateral fishery protection measure, infringement because UK had to consult and seek approval of commission Belgium
Belgium
v. Spain
Spain
(case C-388/95), judgement of 16.05.2000 on a Spanish regulation ordering wine to be bottled in the region of production if it's using the designation of origin, no infringement because it's an authorised and justifiable restriction on the free movement of goods Spain
Spain
v. UK (case C-145/04), judgement of 12.09.2006 on Commonwealth voting rights in Gibraltar, no infringement Hungary v. Slovakia (case C-364/10), judgement of 16.10.2012 : Slovakia denies entry to Hungarian president, no infringement

The commencement of proceedings before the Court
Court
of Justice
Justice
is preceded by a preliminary procedure conducted by the Commission, which gives the Member State the opportunity to reply to the complaints against it. The court has decided that if the European Commission
European Commission
does not send the formal letter to the violating member state no-one can force them.[23] If that procedure does not result in termination of the failure by the Member State, an action for breach of Union law
Union law
may be brought before the Court
Court
of Justice. If the Court
Court
finds that an obligation has not been fulfilled, the Member State concerned must terminate the breach without delay. If, after new proceedings are initiated by the Commission, the Court
Court
of Justice
Justice
finds that the Member State concerned has not complied with its judgment, it may, upon the request of the Commission, impose on the Member State a fixed or a periodic financial penalty.[24] Actions for annulment[edit] By an action for annulment under Article 263 (ex Article 230) of the Treaty
Treaty
on the Functioning of the European Union, the applicant seeks the annulment of a measure (regulation, directive or decision) adopted by an institution. The Court
Court
of Justice
Justice
has exclusive jurisdiction over actions brought by a Member State against the European Parliament and/or against the Council (apart from Council measures in respect of State aid, dumping and implementing powers) or brought by one Community institution against another. The General Court
Court
has jurisdiction, at first instance, in all other actions of this type and particularly in actions brought by individuals. The Court
Court
of Justice has the power to declare measures void under Article 264 (ex Article 231) of the Treaty
Treaty
on the Functioning of the European Union. Actions for failure to act[edit] Under Article 265 (ex Article 232) of the Treaty
Treaty
on the Functioning of the European Union, the Court
Court
of Justice
Justice
and the General Court
Court
may also review the legality of a failure to act on the part of a Union institution. However, such an action may be brought only after the institution has been called on to act. Where the failure to act is held to be unlawful, it is for the institution concerned to put an end to the failure by appropriate measures. Application for compensation based on non-contractual liability[edit] Under Article 268 of the Treaty
Treaty
on the Functioning of the European Union (and with reference to Article 340), the Court
Court
of Justice
Justice
hears claims for compensation based on non-contractual liability, and rules on the liability of the Community for damage to citizens and to undertakings caused by its institutions or servants in the performance of their duties. Appeals on points of law[edit] Under Article 256 (ex Article 225) of the Treaty
Treaty
on the Functioning of the European Union, appeals on judgments given by the General Court may be heard by the Court
Court
of Justice
Justice
only if the appeal is on a point of law. If the appeal is admissible and well founded, the Court
Court
of Justice
Justice
sets aside the judgment of the General Court. Where the state of the proceedings so permits, the Court
Court
may itself decide the case. Otherwise, the Court
Court
must refer the case back to the General Court, which is bound by the decision given on appeal. References for a preliminary ruling[edit] References for a preliminary ruling are specific to Union law. Whilst the Court
Court
of Justice
Justice
is, by its very nature, the supreme guardian of Union legality, it is not the only judicial body empowered to apply EU law. That task also falls to national courts, in as much as they retain jurisdiction to review the administrative implementation of Union law, for which the authorities of the Member States are essentially responsible; many provisions of the Treaties and of secondary legislation – regulations, directives and decisions – directly confer individual rights on nationals of Member States, which national courts must uphold. National courts are thus by their nature the first guarantors of Union law. To ensure the effective and uniform application of Union legislation and to prevent divergent interpretations, national courts may, and sometimes must, turn to the Court
Court
of Justice
Justice
and ask that it clarify a point concerning the interpretation of Union law, in order, for example, to ascertain whether their national legislation complies with that law. Petitions to the Court
Court
of Justice
Justice
for a preliminary ruling are described in Article 267 (ex Article 234) of the Treaty
Treaty
on the Functioning of the European Union. A reference for a preliminary ruling may also seek review of the legality of an act of Union law. The Court
Court
of Justice's reply is not merely an opinion, but takes the form of a judgment or a reasoned order. The national court to which that is addressed is bound by the interpretation given. The Court's judgment also binds other national courts before which a problem of the same nature is raised. Although such a reference may be made only by a national court, which alone has the power to decide that it is appropriate do so, all the parties involved – that is to say, the Member States, the parties in the proceedings before national courts and, in particular, the Commission – may take part in proceedings before the Court
Court
of Justice. In this way, a number of important principles of Union law have been laid down in preliminary rulings, sometimes in answer to questions referred by national courts of first instance. In the ECJ's 2009 report it was noted that Belgian, German and Italian judges made the most referrals for an interpretation of EU law to the ECJ[citation needed]. However, the German Constitutional Court
Court
has rarely turned to the European Court
Court
of Justice, which is why lawyers and law professors warn about a future judicial conflict between the two courts. On February 7, 2014, the German Constitutional Court referred its first and only case to the ECJ for a ruling on a European Central Bank program.[25] The constitutional courts of the member-states have in general been reluctant to refer a question to the European Court
Court
of Justice.[26] These are the first references by each constitutional court:

1997 : Constitutional Court
Court
of Belgium : case C-93/97, Fédération Belge des Chambres Syndicales de Médecins ASBL 1999 : Constitutional Court
Court
of Austria : case C-143/99, Adria-Wien Pipeline GmbH 2007 : Constitutional Court
Court
of Lithuania : case C-239/07, Sabatauskas 2008 : Constitutional Court
Court
of Italy : case C-169/08, Presidente del Consiglio dei Ministri v. Regione Sardegna 2011 : Constitutional Court
Court
of Spain : case C-399/11, Melloni 2013 : Constitutional Council of France : case C-168/13 PPU, Jeremy 2014 : Constitutional Court
Court
of Germany : case C-62/14, Gauweiler 2014 : Constitutional Court
Court
of Slovenia : case C-526/14, Kotnik 2015 : Constitutional Court
Court
of Luxembourg : case C-321/15, ArcelorMittal
ArcelorMittal
Rodange et Schifflange SA 2015 : Constitutional Court
Court
of Poland : case C-390/15, Polish Ombudsman

Procedure and working languages[edit] Procedure before the ECJ is determined by its own rules of procedure.[27] As a rule the Court's procedure includes a written phase and an oral phase. The proceedings are conducted in one of the official languages of the European Union
European Union
chosen by the applicant, although where the defendant is a member state or a national of a member state the applicant must choose an official language of that member state, unless the parties agree otherwise.[28] However the working language of the court is French and it is in this language that the judges deliberate, pleadings and written legal submissions are translated and in which the judgment is drafted.[29] The Advocates-General, by contrast, may work and draft their opinions in any official language, as they do not take part in any deliberations. These opinions are then translated into French for the benefit of the judges and their deliberations.[30] Seat[edit] Further information: Location of European Union
European Union
institutions All the EU's judicial bodies are based in Luxembourg, separate from the political institutions in Brussels
Brussels
and Strasbourg. The Court
Court
of Justice
Justice
is based in the Palais building, currently under expansion, in the Kirchberg district of Luxembourg. Luxembourg
Luxembourg
was chosen as the provisional seat of the Court
Court
on 23 July 1952 with the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community. Its first hearing there was held on 28 November 1954 in a building known as Villa Vauban, the seat until 1959 when it would move to the Côte d'Eich building and then to the Palais building in 1972.[31] In 1965, the member states established Luxembourg
Luxembourg
as the permanent seat of the Court. Future judicial bodies ( Court
Court
of First Instance and Civil Service Tribunal) would also be based in the city. The decision was confirmed by the European Council
European Council
at Edinburgh
Edinburgh
in 1992. However, there was no reference to future bodies being in Luxembourg. In reaction to this, the Luxembourgian government issued its own declaration stating it did not surrender those provisions agreed upon in 1965. The Edinburgh
Edinburgh
decision was attached to the Amsterdam Treaty. With the Treaty of Nice
Treaty of Nice
Luxembourg
Luxembourg
attached a declaration stating it did not claim the seat of the Boards of Appeal of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market – even if it were to become a judicial body.[31] Landmark decisions[edit] Over time ECJ developed two essential rules on which the legal order rests: direct effect and primacy. The court first ruled on the direct effect of primary legislation in a case that, though technical and tedious, raised a fundamental principle of Union law. In Van Gend en Loos (1963), a Dutch transport firm brought a complaint against Dutch customs for increasing the duty on a product imported from Germany. The court ruled that the Community constitutes a new legal order, the subjects of which consist of not only the Member States but also their nationals. The principle of direct effect would have had little impact if Union law
Union law
did not supersede national law. Without supremacy the Member States could simply ignore EU rules. In Costa v ENEL
Costa v ENEL
(1964), the court ruled that member states had definitively transferred sovereign rights to the Community and Union law
Union law
could not be overridden by domestic law.[32] Another early landmark case was Commission v Luxembourg
Luxembourg
& Belgium (1964), the "Dairy Products" case.[33] In that decision the Court comprehensively ruled out any use by the Member States of the retaliatory measures commonly permitted by general international law within the European Economic Community. That decision is often thought to be the best example of the European legal order's divergence with ordinary international law.[34] Commission v Luxembourg
Luxembourg
& Belgium also has a logical connection with the nearly contemporaneous Van Gend en Loos and Costa v ENEL
Costa v ENEL
decisions, as arguably it is the doctrines of direct effect and supremacy that allow the European legal system to forego any use of retaliatory enforcement mechanisms by the Member States.[35] Further, in the 1991 Francovich case, the ECJ established that Member States could be liable to pay compensation to individuals who suffered a loss by reason of the Member State's failure to transpose an EU directive into national law.C-6/90 Criticism[edit] Some MEPs and industry spokesmen have criticised the ruling against the use of gender as factor in determining premiums for insurance products. British Conservative MEP Sajjad Karim
Sajjad Karim
remarked, "Once again we have seen how an activist European Court
Court
can over-interpret the treaty. The EU's rules on sex discrimination specifically permit discrimination in insurance if there is data to back it up".[36] The status and jurisdiction of the ECJ has been questioned by representatives of member states' judiciary:

In Germany, the former president Roman Herzog
Roman Herzog
warned that the ECJ was overstepping its powers, writing that "the ECJ deliberately and systematically ignores fundamental principles of the Western interpretation of law, that its decisions are based on sloppy argumentation, that it ignores the will of the legislator, or even turns it into its opposite, and invents legal principles serving as grounds for later judgments". Herzog is particularly critical in its analysis of the Mangold Judgment, which over-ruled a German law that would discriminate in favour of older workers.[37] The President of the Constitutional Court
Court
of Belgium, Marc Bossuyt, said that both the European Court
Court
of Justice
Justice
and the European Court
Court
of Human Rights were taking on more and more powers by extending their competences, creating a serious threat of a "government by judges". He stated that "they fabricate rulings in important cases with severe financial consequences for governments without understanding the national rules because they are composed out of foreign judges".[38]

The ECJ has also been criticised for spending too much money. As examples of overspending the critics refer to the building of the Luxembourg
Luxembourg
courthouse in 2009 that cost €500 million and the fact that the 28 judges and nine Advocates-General each have a chauffeured car.[7] See also[edit]

Book: European Union

European Court
Court
of Human Rights European Free Trade Association Court List of European Court
Court
of Justice
Justice
rulings Relationship between the European Court
Court
of Justice
Justice
and European Court of Human Rights

Notes[edit]

^ By the Treaty
Treaty
of Lisbon, this skill also includes respect for human rights, protected by the Charter
Charter
of Nice has become part of EU law.[citation needed] For a confluence of that jurisdiction to that of the European Court
Court
of Human Rights, based in Strasbourg, see (in Italian) Giampiero Buonomo, Per l'ibridazione delle corti europee, in Diritto pubblico europeo rassegna online, febbraio 2017.[clarification needed]

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Further reading[edit]

Gunnar Beck, The Legal Reasoning of the Court
Court
of Justice
Justice
of the EU, Hart Publishing (Oxford), 2013. Gerard Conway, The Limits of Legal Reasoning and the European Court
Court
of Justice, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge), 2012 Craig, Paul; de Búrca, Gráinne (2011). EU Law, Text, Cases and Materials (5th ed.). Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-957699-8.  Alec Stone Sweet, The Judicial Construction of Europe (Oxford University Press, 2004)[1] Alec Stone Sweet, "The European Court
Court
of Justice
Justice
and the Judicialisation of EU Governance," Living Reviews in European Governance 5 (2010) 2, http://www.livingreviews.org/lreg-2010-2.

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– Centre Virtuel de la connaissance sur l'Europe – CVCE Hochtief: European Court
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of Justice, about the buildings Josselin, J. M.; Marciano, A. (2006). "How the court made a federation of the EU". The Review of International Organizations. 2: 59. doi:10.1007/s11558-006-9001-y. 

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