Language of document : ECLI:EU:C:2019:1149


 


 



Order of the Vice-President of the Court 20 December 2019 — Puigdemont i Casamajó and Comín i Oliveres v Parliament

(Case C646/19 P(R))

(Appeal — Application for interim measures — Institutional law — Members of the European Parliament — Act concerning the election of the representatives of the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage — Article 12 — Verification of credentials — Decision of the Parliament to take note of the list of elected candidates notified by the national authorities and exclude the appellants owing to their lack of compliance with a formality imposed by national law — Action for annulment — Prima facie case)

1.      Application for interim relief — Suspension of operation of a measure — Interim measures — Conditions for granting — Prima facie case — Urgency — Serious and irreparable damage — Cumulative nature — Balancing of all the interests involved

(Arts 278 and 279 TFEU; Rules of Procedure of the General Court, Art. 156(4))

(see para. 51)

2.      Application for interim relief — Suspension of operation of a measure — Interim measures — Conditions for granting — Prima facie case — Prima facie examination of the pleas in law put forward in support of the main action — Action against a decision of the Parliament to take note of the list of candidates elected to the Parliament notified by the national authorities and excluding certain candidates — Plea relating to the incorrect assessment of the concept of the (officially proclaimed results) within the meaning of the 1976 Act — Plea not prima facie lacking in foundation

(Arts 278 and 279 TFEU; Act concerning the election of the members of the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage, Art. 12)

(see paras 52, 60, 64, 75-78)

3.      European Parliament — Verification of members’ credentials — Limits — Exercise comprising taking note of the officially proclaimed results by the Member States — Lack of competence of the Parliament to rule on the legality of national electoral procedures

(Art. 267 TFEU; Act concerning the election of the members of the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage, Art.. 12)

(see para. 62)

4.      Appeal — Grounds — Incorrect assessment of the facts and evidence — Inadmissibility — Review by the Court of the General Court’s findings with regard to national law — Possible only where the clear sense of the evidence has been distorted

(Art. 256(1), second para., TFEU; Statue of the Court of Justice, Art. 58, first para.)

(see para. 67)

5.      Appeal — Grounds — Plea submitted for the first time in the context of the appeal — Inadmissibility

(Art. 256(1) TFEU; Statue of the Court of Justice, Art. 58, first para.)

(see para. 70)

6.      European Parliament — Elections — Competence of the Member States — Electoral procedure and official declaration of the electoral results

(Art. 14(3), TEU; Art. 223(1) TFEU; Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, Art. 39; Act concerning the election of the members of the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage, Arts 1, 8 and 12)

(see paras 73, 74)

Operative part

1.

The order of the President of the General Court of the European Union of 1 July 2019, Puigdemont i Casamajó and Comín i Oliveres v Parliament (T‑388/19 R, not published, EU:T:2019:467), is set aside.

2.

The case is referred back to the General Court of the European Union.

3.

The costs are reserved.