Judicial Summit of the EFTA Pillar
From 2 to 4 May 2017, the Supreme Courts of Iceland and of Norway in corpore and Judges from the three highest courts of Liechtenstein – State Court, Supreme Court and Administrative Court – will pay an official visit to the Court. The respective groups will be headed by President Thorgeir Örlygsson from the Supreme Court of Iceland, President Hubertus Schumacher from the Supreme Court of Liechtenstein and Chief Justice Toril Marie Øie from the Supreme Court of Norway. On 4 May 2017, the group will be joined by the Judges from the three EEA/EFTA States of the European Court of Human Rights. The Judges will discuss matters of common interest with a special focus on the two most important principles of EEA law: homogeneity and reciprocity. They will also deal with possible consequences of Brexit for the EEA and with the British criticism levied at the European Court of Human Rights. The visitors will moreover attend oral hearings at the Court and at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Press Release 03/17 - Case E-5/16 - Norwegian Board of Appeal for Industrial Property Rights – appeal from the municipality of Oslo
Judgment in Case E-5/16 - Norwegian Board of Appeal for Industrial Property Rights – appeal from the municipality of Oslo
Press Release 02/17 - Pre-announcement - Delivery of the Judgment in Case E-5/16 - Norwegian Board of Appeal for Industrial Property Rights – appeal from the municipality of Oslo
Judgment in Case E-14/16 - EFTA Surveillance Authority v Iceland
Judgment in Case E-14/16 - EFTA Surveillance Authority v Iceland, delivered in open Court on 31 March 2017.
Judgment in Case E-13/16 - EFTA Surveillance Authority v Iceland
Judgment in Case E-13/16 - EFTA Surveillance Authority v Iceland, delivered in open Court on 31 March 2017.
Lunchtime talk with President Francis Delaporte
On 21 March 2017, Francis Delaporte, President of the Administrative Court and Vice-President of the Constitutional Court of Luxembourg, gave a lunchtime talk entitled, “A national perspective on the preliminary reference procedure”. In his absorbing lecture, President Delaporte emphasised the pragmatic approach of the Luxembourg courts with regard to preliminary references to the Court of Justice of the European Union. President Delaporte illustrated this pragmatism by providing the perspectives of a first instance, final instance and constitutional court in an essentially monist jurisdiction. His talk was followed by an illuminating discussion.
e-EFTACourt - fully operational for pending cases as of 10 March 2017
The Registry of the EFTA Court is pleased to announce that as of 10 March 2017, our electronic case handling system, the e-EFTACourt, is fully operational. This is similar to e-Curia, the one used by the EU courts, and it enables secure exchange of case documents from the EFTA Court to external users, and vice versa, and the aim is to suppress the use of paper and surface mail (as well as e-mail).
The prerequisites for access to e-EFTACourt are an Internet connection and a valid e-mail address. To use e-EFTACourt you must have a user account provided by the EFTA Court. This account will enable you to:
• lodge and receive procedural documents electronically;
• consult the history of actions performed;
• organise personal details (e-mail address, password, …);
• register one or more assistants.
The e-EFTACourt is accessible via the Internet at: http://remote.eftacourt.int/e_EFTAcourt
On 9 March 2017 the Decision of the Court on the lodging and service of procedural documents by means of e-EFTACourt was published in the Official Journal (2017/C 73/09). This means that those who have registered and those who will register are able as from 10 March to use e-EFTACourt for pending cases, since the Court from now accepts documents electronically as the original, cfr. RoP Article 32.5 i.f.
To give you an overview of the e-EFTACourt, please refer to the user manual.
If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact the EFTA Court registry.
Judgment in Case E-10/16 - EFTA Surveillance Authority v Iceland
Judgment in Case E-10/16 - EFTA Surveillance Authority v Iceland, delivered in open Court on 1 March 2017.
Spring Conference - 16 June 2017
The EFTA Court will hold its annual Spring Conference on 16 June 2017 on the subject of "Thoughts on the future of Europe".
For the programme of the Spring Conference please click here