Judgment of the Court of 13 December 2001.

Commission of the European Communities v French Republic.

Failure of a Member State to fulfil its obligations - Refusal to end the ban on British beef and veal.

Case C-1/00.


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Opinion (OJ)
14/06/2002 Commission v France
Judgment (OJ)
16/02/2002 Commission v France
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Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2001:687
13/12/2001 Commission v France
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Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:C:2001:687
13/12/2001 Commission v France
Opinion
ECLI:EU:C:2001:467
20/09/2001 Commission v France
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Reports of Cases

2001 I-09989

Subject-matter

Failure by a State to comply with its obligations ─ Refusal to adopt the necessary measures to comply with Council Decision 98/256/EC (emergency measures to protect against bovine spongiform encephalopathy) and Commission Decision 1999/514/EC (setting the date for resumption of shipments of "DBES" products from the United Kingdom).

Systematic classification scheme

1.
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-19 Legal proceedings
    B-19.01 Actions for failure to fulfil obligations
      B-19.01.00 General
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-19 Legal proceedings
    B-19.01 Actions for failure to fulfil obligations
      B-19.01.00 General
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-18 Institutions and bodies of the Community
    B-18.03 Commission
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-19 Legal proceedings
    B-19.01 Actions for failure to fulfil obligations
      B-19.01.00 General
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-19 Legal proceedings
    B-19.01 Actions for failure to fulfil obligations
      B-19.01.03 Defences
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-19 Legal proceedings
    B-19.01 Actions for failure to fulfil obligations
      B-19.01.03 Defences


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 10 : paragraphs 140, 141
  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 28 : paragraphs 137 - 139
  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 30 : paragraph 138
  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 226 : paragraphs 53, 70, 101
  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 227 : paragraph 101
  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 230 : paragraph 101
  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 232 : paragraph 101
  • Court of Justice - Rules of Procedure (1991) -A91P1 : paragraph 47
  • Court of Justice - Rules of Procedure (1991) -A91P4 : paragraph 48
  • Directive 89/662 : paragraph 4
  • Directive 89/662 -A10P4 : paragraph 4
  • Directive 90/425 : paragraph 4
  • Directive 92/118 : paragraph 4
  • Directive 92/118 -A09 : paragraph 4
  • Decision 94/474 : paragraph 1
  • Decision 96/239 : paragraphs 1, 3
  • Decision 96/239 -A03 : paragraph 5
  • Decision 96/239 -A04 : paragraph 6
  • Regulation 820/97 : paragraph 121
  • Regulation 820/97 -A19P1 : paragraph 121
  • Decision 98/256 : paragraphs 1, 8, 55, 66, 68, 100, 105, 107, 129, 133 - 137, 140, 142
  • Decision 98/256 -A06: : paragraphs 1, 10, 142
  • Decision 98/256 -A06P5 : paragraphs 1, 9, 16
  • Decision 98/256 -NIII : paragraphs 1, 11, 16, 120, 142
  • Decision 98/256 -NIIIPT3 : paragraph 12
  • Decision 98/256 -NIIIPT4 : paragraph 13
  • Decision 98/256 -NIIIPT5 : paragraph 14
  • Decision 98/256 -NIIIPT7 : paragraphs 14, 114
  • Decision 98/351 : paragraph 9
  • Decision 98/692 : paragraphs 1, 10, 11, 84, 100, 105, 120, 133
  • Decision 98/692 -C13 : paragraphs 15, 114
  • Decision 1999/514 : paragraphs 1, 17, 55, 66, 68, 84, 107, 115, 124, 129, 133 - 137, 142
  • Decision 1999/514 -A01 : paragraph 142
  • Regulation 2772/1999 : paragraph 122
  • Regulation 1760/2000 : paragraph 123
  • Regulation 1760/2000 -A25L2 : paragraph 123
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -101/84 : paragraph 131
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -217/88 : paragraph 130
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -74/91 : paragraph 101
  • Court of Justice - Order C -266/94 : paragraph 53
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -191/95 : paragraphs 79, 80
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -328/96 : paragraph 65
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -230/99 : paragraph 54
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -261/99 : paragraphs 84, 101
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -93/00 : paragraph 121

Operative part

  • Reference : Decision 98/256 -A06
  • Reference : Decision 98/256 -N3
  • Reference : Decision 1999/514 -A01

Opinion

  • EC Treaty (Maastricht), Article 36 : points 166, 167
  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 28 : point 131
  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 30 : points 131, 133, 141, 144, 165, 166, 169, 171, 172, 175, 182 - 184
  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 211 : point 65
  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 226 : point 56
  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 227 : point 66
  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 230 : points 103, 104, 109, 116
  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 249 : points 101, 104, 119
  • Directive 89/662 : points 4, 106, 158
  • Directive 89/662 -A09P1L4 : points 161, 164
  • Directive 89/662 -A09P4 : points 163, 164
  • Directive 89/662 -A17 : point 11
  • Directive 90/425 : point 4
  • Directive 92/59 : points 157, 158
  • Directive 92/59 -A06 : point 158
  • Directive 92/59 -A07 : point 158
  • Directive 92/118 : point 4
  • Decision 94/474 : point 190
  • Decision 96/239 : points 3, 6, 7, 135, 190
  • Decision 98/256 : points 7, 10, 12, 18, 19, 105, 112 - 114, 119, 125 - 127, 130, 131, 146, 148, 160, 163, 166, 180, 190
  • Decision 98/256 -A01 : point 190
  • Decision 98/256 -A06: : points N, 8, 125, 190
  • Decision 98/256 -A06P5 : points 17, 190
  • Decision 98/256 -NIII : points 13, 125, 166, 190
  • Decision 98/256 -NIIIPT3 : point 14
  • Decision 98/351 : point 8
  • Regulation 494/98 : point 172
  • Decision 98/692 : points 12, 13, 17, 18, 105, 107 - 110, 112 - 115, 119, 125 - 127, 130, 131, 146, 148, 153, 160, 166, 180, 190
  • Decision 1999/514 : points 17, 18, 47, 59, 75, 105, 109, 112 - 115, 117, 119, 126, 130, 131, 140, 146, 148, 153, 160, 163, 190
  • Regulation 999/2001 : points 137, 166
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -5/94 : point 166
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -191/95 : point 71
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -180/96 : point 5
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -112/97 : point 151
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -198/97 : point 71
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -272/97 : point 71
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -414/97 : point 99
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -477/98 : point 154


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 04/01/2000

Date of the Opinion

  • 20/09/2001

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

13/12/2001


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Application: OJ C 63 from 04.03.2000, p.19

Judgment: OJ C 44 from 16.02.2002, p.2

Name of the parties

Commission v France

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Hamoniaux, Thomas: Principe de précaution et refus de la France de lever l'embargo sur la viande bovine britannique, L'actualité juridique ; droit administratif 2002 p.166-169
  2. Pietri, Martin: Europe 2002 Février Comm. nº 67 p.27-28 + Comm. nº 42 p.14
  3. Weiß, Wolfgang: Zeitschrift für das gesamte Lebensmittelrecht 2002 p.352-356
  4. Bellantuono, Domenico: Ancora sulla "mucca pazza" e sulle farine animali, Il Foro italiano 2002 IV Col.269-272
  5. Alemanno, A.: Contentieux. Arrêt "Embargo français sur la viande bovine britannique", Revue du droit de l'Union européenne 2002 nº 1 p.159-162
  6. Segura Roda, Isabel: Francia, la Comisión, el Reino Unido y la prohibición de importar carne británica: ¿el oportunismo político contamina el asesoramiento científico?, Unión Europea Aranzadi 2002 nº 10 p.5-13
  7. Costato, Luigi: Carni bovine, abbattimenti di vitelli e etichette tra precauzione e libera circolazione delle merci, Rivista di diritto agrario 2002 II p.178-187



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Information not available

Subject-matter

  • Agriculture and Fisheries
  • - Veterinary legislation
  • - Beef and veal

Procedure and result

  • Action for a declaration of failure to fulfil obligations : application granted
  • Action for a declaration of failure to fulfil obligations : dismissal on substantive grounds

Formation of the Court

Cour plénière (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

Sevón

Advocate General

Mischo

Language(s) of the Case

  • French

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • French