Barosso on gouvernement des juges

In the Jean Monnet Lecture at the European University Institute in Florence, Barroso today rejected the criticism that the European Court of Justice is being out of touch and is enforcing a ‘government of judges’ from Luxembourg.

The President of the European Commission stressed the importance of the judicial cooperation between the Court of Justice and national jurisdictions, arguing that most judgements can be traced back to preliminary questions raised by national judges.
Barosso admitted that there are sometimes tensions between the political will and the case law of the
Court.
“But these difficulties do not lie in the Court judgments… Far from being abstract or out of touch, the judgments are of direct benefit to European citizens, and ensure the observance of Community law.”, he argued.

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