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Commission Management of EU Funds Questioned at the General Court on the Grounds of Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities

Three disability rights organizations have brought an action of annulment before the General Court against the European Commission, for failing to halt EU infrastructure funding used by Bulgarian authorities to build institutions for persons with disabilities. Having failed to suspend the projects in Bulgaria, the organizations turned to the European Commission to halt funding to Bulgaria until...

The Rosas Legacy at the Court of Justice

Allan Rosas left the Court of Justice on 7 October 2019, after almost eighteen years of service as a distinguished member of the EU’s highest jurisdiction. He bears witness to profound changes in the EU’s judiciary, from the time of the pre-accession Court of 2004 to the recent and massive machinery of case-law production in these tumultuous times. One of the most respected judges...

Can the EU Launch a Damages Action Against a Member State Using the Infringement Procedure? A Comment on Commission/UK and Commission/The Netherlands.

After months in the waiting, the Court ruled at last in two crucial infringement actions that put the final piece in the jigsaw puzzle of damages actions in EU law. In Commission/UK (C-391/17) and Commission/The Netherlands (C-395/17) the question of damages actions by the EU against a Member State was put upfront by the Commission, after decades of doubts over the issue. Using once again the...

Democracy and the Rule of Law in the EU’s External Action – Council Conclusions

Yesterday the Council adopted a position on democracy in the global context, recognizing the fact that  democracy is being challenged and called into question throughout the world. In its press release, the Council admits that while democracy remains strong in many countries, in others there is a growing trend towards authoritarianism. The Council noted that the challenges to democracy are multi...

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