Resting on a peristyle of 116 columns 10 metres high which recalls the Temples of antiquity, this remarkable construction places the new Palais in the Western tradition of neo-classical buildings dedicated to justice and accords perfectly with the aims inspiring its design.
First, as the Court of Justice wished, the Anneau enhances the original Palais by encircling it at a distance of 15 metres. And the opportunity afforded by its columns of strolling beneath its two storeys gives the public the necessary distance to appreciate the preserved structure of the 1973 Palais.
Finally, designed as it is to accommodate up to 40 sets of chambers, it makes it possible to cope with future enlargements of the European Union without upsetting the general order of the new complex.
|Every Tuesday evening at 5.30 the Grand Conference Room hosts the General Meeting of the Court which brings together all the Judges and Advocates General and which decides, inter alia, for each case before the Court, the constitution of the court to which the case will be assigned and any measures of inquiry. |
The structure of the Anneau and the chambers in that building creates an isolation conducive to the task of reflection and legal construction. This does not lessen the intensity of the exchanges between the chambers of Judges in a particular case and between the chambers of the reporting Judges and the Advocates General.