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“Despite our Differences” – The Book

During the last four years, the blog “Despite our Differences” was a relevant source of comments and developments for the community of EU lawyers. It covered important events like Brexit, the Court’s growing case-law on fundamental rights, the rule of law crisis or the reform of the EU judiciary. Thousands of readers followed regularly the posts and shared them. Now that the...

Greece Back into the List of “Marketable Risk” Countries for Short-Term Export Credit Insurance

The Commission has decided to insert Greece back in the list of “marketable risk” countries for short-term export credit insurance as of 1 January 2020. Therefore, short-term export credit risks towards Greece will be considered again as marketable to be covered by private insurers. The Commission removed Greece from this list in 2013 due to the difficult economic situation and the lack of...

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...

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