Monthly Archives: May 2013

The EU common foreign and security policy: Mutual defence and Sweden’s relation to the NATO

On 20 April, the Swedish defence minister Karin Enström stated in an interview with the EU observer that Sweden is not in the NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) partly because the EU treaty contains its own security guarantee, a … Continue reading

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Signing of the Agreement of a Unified Patent Court – A momentous step towards the completion of a unified patent system

In a post entitled “Rather no Patent court than a bad one?” published on this blog on 23 April 2012 comments were made to the ongoing development of a Unified Patent Court. At that time, the project of creating a … Continue reading

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Case C-399/11, Melloni v. Ministerio Fiscal

Background of the case1 Mr Melloni was wanted in Italy for bankruptcy fraud but living in Spain. In 1996, the First Section of the Sala de lo Penal of the Audiencia Nacional (the Criminal Division of the High Court in … Continue reading

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Gáspár-Szilágyi on what constitutes a “failure to notify” the Commission when implementing directives

The treaties of the European Union grant the Commission the ability to ensure that EU law is consistently applied within the national legal systems of the Member States. Article 258 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union … Continue reading

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The EU’s accession to the European Convention on Human Rights – the final version of the Agreement on the accession is adopted

The idea that the EU should accede to the European Convention on Human Right (ECHR) was first proposed by the European Commission in 1979. On 5th of April 2013 the final version of the Draft Agreement on Accession of the … Continue reading

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Arango Jaramillo and Others v European Investment Bank, Case C-334/12 RX-II, 28 February 2013

A decision about the prevalence of the unity and consistency of EU law Background By 4 February 2011 the European Union Civil Service Tribunal (CST) filed an order in which they dismissed application brought by Mr. Arango Jaramillo and other … Continue reading

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De Búrca on Europe’s raison d´être

“What is the raison d´être of the European Union?” Gráinne de Búrca, professor of law at New York University School of law, asks in the introduction of her research paper “Europe’s Raison D’Etre” published by New York University School of … Continue reading

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