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
Press Release 01/17 - Case E-21/16 - Pascal Nobile v DAS Rechtsschutz-Versicherungs AG
Order of the President in Case E-21/16 - Pascal Nobile v DAS Rechtsschutz-Versicherungs AG
Order of the President in Case E-21/16 -Pascal Nobile v DAS Rechtsschutz-Versicherungs AG, delivered on 20 February 2017.
Decision of the Court in Case E-21/16 - Pascal Nobile v DAS Rechtsschutz-Versicherungs AG
Decision of the Court in Case E-21/16 -Pascal Nobile v DAS Rechtsschutz-Versicherungs AG, delivered on 14 February 2017.
Judge Per Christiansen re-appointed for a second six-year term of office
By decision of 13 January 2017, the Governments of the EFTA States party to the EEA Agreement – Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway – have re-appointed the Norwegian Judge of the Court, Per Christiansen, for a period of six years with effect from 17 January 2017. At the same time, the Governments have repealed their decision of 1 December 2016 to limit Judge Christiansen’s term of office to three years. On 4 December 2016, seven Norwegian academics had lodged complaints with the EFTA Surveillance Authority against this decision, claiming that it violated the Agreement Between the EFTA States on the Establishment of a Surveillance Authority and a Court of Justice (SCA). Moreover, the Liechtenstein Court of Appeal had on 20 December 2016 referred the question to the EFTA Court whether it would still be lawfully composed after 16 January 2017.
Article 30 SCA states, in relevant part:
“(1)The Judges shall be chosen from persons whose independence is beyond doubt and who possess the qualifications required for appointment to the highest judicial offices in their respective countries or who are jurisconsults of recognized competence. They shall be appointed by common accord of the Governments of the EFTA States for a term of six years. (2) Retiring Judges shall be eligible for reappointment.”