Judgment of the Court (Fourth Chamber), 31 January 2013

Valeri Hariev Belov v CHEZ Elektro Balgaria AD and Others

Request for a preliminary ruling from the Komisia za zashtita ot diskriminatsia

Request for a preliminary ruling — Article 267 TFEU — Concept of ‘national court’ — Lack of jurisdiction of the Court

Case C‑394/11


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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
08/03/2013 Belov
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Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2013:48
31/01/2013 Belov
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Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:C:2013:48
31/01/2013 Belov
Opinion
ECLI:EU:C:2012:585
20/09/2012 Belov
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Application (OJ)
23/09/2011 Belov
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Subject-matter

Reference for a preliminary ruling – Komisia za zashtita ot diskriminatsia – Interpretation of Article 2(1)(a) and (b), Article 3(1)(h) and Article 8(1) of Council Directive 2000/43/EC of 29 June 2000 implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of racial or ethnic origin (OJ 2000 L 180, p. 22), Article 38 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, recital 29 in the preamble to, and Articles 1 and 13(1) of, Directive 2006/32/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 April 2006 on energy end-use efficiency and energy services and repealing Council Directive 93/76/EEC (OJ 2006 L 114, p. 64), Article 3(5) of Directive 2003/54/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2003 concerning common rules for the internal market in electricity and repealing Directive 96/92/EC - Statements made with regard to decommissioning and waste management activities (OJ 2003 L 176, p. 37), Article 3(7) of Directive 2009/72/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 concerning common rules for the internal market in electricity and repealing Directive 2003/54/EC (OJ 2009 L 211, p. 55) – Administrative practice of granting an electricity distribution undertaking freedom to install in Roma districts electricity meters attached to electricity poles in the streets at a height which is not accessible to users, and which does not able consumers living in those districts to read their meters, whereas electricity meters are installed at an accessible height outside of Roma districts – Right or interest of the final electricity user to regularly check the electricity meeting reading – Burden of proof in discrimination cases

Systematic classification scheme

1.
3 Legal proceedings
  3.04 Reference for a preliminary ruling
    3.04.01 Reference to the Court of Justice
      3.04.01.01 Definition of court or tribunal of a Member State


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

  • Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (2007), Article 38 : paragraphs 1, 36
  • TFEU, Article 267 : paragraphs 37 - 55
  • Directive 2000/43 : paragraph 52
  • Directive 2000/43 -A02P2 : paragraphs 1, 3, 36
  • Directive 2000/43 -A02P3 : paragraphs 1, 3
  • Directive 2000/43 -A03P1LH : paragraphs 1, 4, 36
  • Directive 2000/43 -A08P1 : paragraphs 1, 5, 36
  • Directive 2000/43 -A13 : paragraphs 6, 42
  • Directive 2003/54 -A03P5 : paragraphs 1, 36
  • Directive 2006/32 -A01 : paragraph 1
  • Directive 2006/32 -A13P1 : paragraphs 1, 36
  • Directive 2006/32 -C29 : paragraphs 1, 36
  • Directive 2009/72 -A03P7 : paragraph 36
  • Court of Justice - Order C -192/98 : paragraphs 40, 41
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -53/03 : paragraph 39
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -196/09 : paragraph 38
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -517/09 : paragraph 54

Operative part

Information not available

Opinion

  • Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (2007), Article 20 : point 63
  • Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (2007), Article 21 : points 63, 80
  • TFEU, Article 267 : points 25, 26, 27, 36, 40, 43, 50
  • Directive 2000/43 : points 48, 62 - 68, 71 - 80, 87, 88, 90, 119, 122, 125
  • Directive 2000/43 -A02P2 : points 70, 83, 97, 100, 103, 105, 125
  • Directive 2000/43 -A02P3 : point 98
  • Directive 2000/43 -A03P1 : points 56, 57, 59
  • Directive 2000/43 -A04P1 : point 89
  • Directive 2000/43 -A07P1 : point 27
  • Directive 2000/43 -A08P1 : points 85, 86, 89, 91, 92, 94, 125
  • Directive 2000/43 -A13 : point 27


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 25/07/2011

Date of the Opinion

  • 20/09/2012

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

31/01/2013


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Application: OJ C 298 from 08.10.2011, p.14

Judgment:

Name of the parties

Belov

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Berlin, Dominique: Qu'est ce qu'une juridiction ?, La Semaine Juridique - édition générale 2013 nº 7 p.313 (FR)
  2. Aubert, Michel ; Broussy, Emmanuelle ; Cassagnabère, Hervé: Chronique de jurisprudence de la CJUE. Qualité pour poser une question préjudicielle, L'actualité juridique ; droit administratif 2013 p.342-343 (FR)
  3. Meister, Marie: Notion de juridiction. La Commission bulgare de défense contre la discrimination bulgare n'est pas une juridiction au sens de la jurisprudence de la Cour, Europe 2013 Mars Comm. nº 3 p.19 (FR)
  4. Mok, M.R.: Nederlandse jurisprudentie ; Uitspraken in burgerlijke en strafzaken 2013 nº 234 (NL)
  5. Verhoeven, M.J.M.: Administratiefrechtelijke beslissingen ; Rechtspraak bestuursrecht 2013 nº 118 (NL)
  6. Rusanov, Deyan: "Yurisditskiya" li e komisiyata za zashtita ot diskriminatsiya po smisala na chl. 267 dfes?, Evropeyski praven pregled 2013 nº 6 p.257-277 (BG)
  7. Möschel, Mathias: Race discrimination and access to the European Court of Justice: Belov, Common Market Law Review 2013 p.1433-1450
  8. Nisi, Nicolò: La nozione di organo giurisdizionale ex art. 267 TFUE alla luce di due recenti sentenze della Corte di giustizia, Diritto pubblico comparato ed europeo 2013 p.751-759 (IT)
  9. Nowak, J.T.: S.E.W. ; Sociaal-economische wetgeving 2013 p.559-564 (NL)
  10. Śmiszek, Krzysztof: Ochrona instytucjonalna przed dyskryminacją rasową w UE - ścisłe reguły koncepcji sądu - glosa do wyroku TS z 31.01.2013 r. w sprawie C-394/11 Belov, Europejski Przegląd Sądowy 2013 Vol. 5 p.48-51 (PL)
  11. Cahn, Claude: Hof van Justitie toont zich bewaker van mensenrechten in Europa, Asiel en Migrantenrecht 2015 p.386-392 (NL)



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Komisia za zashtita ot diskriminatsia (Commission de défense contre la discrimination) - Bulgaria

Subject-matter

  • Principles, objectives and tasks of the Treaties
  • Citizenship of the Union

Procedure and result

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling : dismissal on grounds of inadmissibility

Formation of the Court

quatrième chambre (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

Prechal

Advocate General

Kokott

Language(s) of the Case

  • Bulgarian

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • German