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    Are there exceptions to a Member State’s duty to comply with the requirements of a Directive?


    Lock, Tobias (2013) Are there exceptions to a Member State’s duty to comply with the requirements of a Directive? Common Market Law Review, 50 (1). pp. 217-230. ISSN 0165-0750

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    Abstract

    This decision by the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice is characterized by an unusual factual situation resulting in a legal dilemma for the referring court. That court had to decide whether to annul a programme adopted in accordance with one EU directive because no environmental assessment had been carried out as required by another directive. The problem was that if the programme were annulled, the Member State would be in breach of the first directive; whereas if it was upheld the breach of the other directive would persist. The judgment raises important questions of national procedural autonomy, whether procedural requirements can be overridden by substantive considerations and, more generally, whether there is a right for Member States to derogate from directives. It is argued that by allowing the Member State to temporarily uphold the validity of the programme the Court has reached the correct conclusion, albeit on the basis of an unsatisfactory argument.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: exceptions; Member State; comply; requirements; ECJ Directive; Court of Justice; European Union;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 12247
    Depositing User: Tobias Lock
    Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2020 17:04
    Journal or Publication Title: Common Market Law Review
    Publisher: Kluwer Law International
    Refereed: Yes
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