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24th June 2021
External Relations & Trade Justice & Litigation

Analysis: “Third States have legal standing before EU courts: What implications for restrictive measures control?” by Elisabet Ruiz Cairó

In Venezuela v Council (C-872/19 P), the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice has declared that Venezuela, as a third country, may challenge EU restrictive measures adopted by Council Regulation 2017/2063 before EU courts under Article 263(4) TFEU (see this News update). This ruling was eagerly awaited, as the General Court in the judgment under appeal (T-65/18), and Advocate General Hogan in his Opinion for the appeal judgment, had reached divergent conclusions.

The General Court held that Venezuela had not demonstrated that it was directly concerned by the restrictive measures within the meaning of Article 263(4) TFEU. In reaching that conclusion the General Court did not assess whether Venezuela was to be considered a legal pe

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