Ireland warned about breach of directive

The European Commission has sent Ireland a second reasoned opinion asking it to fully implement a directive concerning common rules for the internal market in electricity. Member states were required to implement Directive 2009/72 (the Electricity Directive) into national law by March 31st, 2011 (other than certain provisions such as those in respect of the […]

Only ‘fair’ mortgage contract terms can be enforced – EU ruling

Debtors facing mortgage foreclosure proceedings may have a powerful defence weapon in the Unfair Contract Terms Directive 1993, in light of a recent EU ruling. This comes at a time when pressure mounts on EU member states to restructure and expunge bad debts from their banking systems. On March 14th, the Court of Justice of […]

Fifty years since Van Gend en Loos judgment

EU law update:February 3rd was the 50th anniversary of the judgment of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in the landmark case of Van Gend en Loos. The narrow point at issue in the case was whether the provisions of the then EEC Treaty precluded Dutch authorities from increasing tariffs applicable to imports from other […]