Judgment of the Court (Grand Chamber) of 25 July 2008.

Blaise Baheten Metock and Others v Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform.

Reference for a preliminary ruling: High Court - Ireland.

Directive 2004/38/EC - Right of Union citizens and their family members to move and reside freely in the territory of a Member State - Family members who are nationals of non-member countries - Nationals of non-member countries who entered the host Member State before becoming spouses of Union citizens.

Case C-127/08.


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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
13/09/2008 Metock and Others
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Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2008:449
25/07/2008 Metock and Others
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Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:C:2008:449
25/07/2008 Metock and Others
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ECLI:EU:C:2008:335
11/06/2008 Metock and Others
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Application (OJ)
09/05/2008 Metock and Others
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Order
ECLI:EU:C:2008:235
17/04/2008 Metock and Others
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Reports of Cases

2008 I-06241

Subject-matter

Reference for a preliminary ruling – High Court, Ireland – Interpretation of Article 3(1) of Directive 2004/38/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the rights of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of Member States amending Regulation (EEC) No 1612/68 and repealing Directives 64/221/EEC, 68/360/EEC, 72/194/EEC, 73/148/EEC, 75/34/EEC, 75/35/EEC, 90/364/EEC, 90/365/EEC and 93/96/EEC (OJ 2004 L 158, p. 77) – Spouse who is a non-EU national – National legislation of the host Member State making the right of residence of family members subject to prior lawful residence in another Member State

Systematic classification scheme

1.
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-04 Free movement of persons and services
    B-04.01 Right of entry and of residence
      B-04.01.01 Detailed rules governing the exercise of the right of entry and of residence
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-04 Free movement of persons and services
    B-04.01 Right of entry and of residence
      B-04.01.00 General
A The Community legal order
  A-02 Respective powers of the Communities and of the Member States
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-04 Free movement of persons and services
    B-04.01 Right of entry and of residence
      B-04.01.00 General
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-04 Free movement of persons and services
    B-04.01 Right of entry and of residence
      B-04.01.01 Detailed rules governing the exercise of the right of entry and of residence


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

Operative part

Opinion


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 25/03/2008

Date of the Opinion

  • 11/06/2008

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

25/07/2008


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Application: OJ C 116 from 09.05.2008, p.19

Judgment: OJ C 236 from 13.09.2008, p.4

Name of the parties

Metock and Others

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Dittert, Daniel: Revue des affaires européennes 2007-08 p.777-783 (FR)
  2. Bernard, Elsa: Procédure accélérée et condition d'urgence, Europe 2008 Juin Comm. nº 177 p.13 (FR)
  3. Smrkolj, Maja: Utrditev pravic zakoncev državljanov Unije, ki prihajajo iz tretjih držav, Pravna praksa 2008 ŠT. 31-32 p.31-32 (SL)
  4. Spescha, Marc: Inländerdiskriminierung im Ausländerrecht?, Aktuelle juristische Praxis - AJP 2008 p.1432-1440 (DE)
  5. Chalmers, Damian: The Secret Delivery of Justice, European Law Review 2008 p.773-774 (EN)
  6. Toggenburg, Gabriel N.: Festung Familie oder Festung Europa? Die kritisierte Weichenstellung des EuGH in der Rechtssache Metock, European Law Reporter 2008 p.375-381 (DE)
  7. Lassalle, Julie: Droit de séjour des citoyens de l'Union, Europe 2008 Octobre Comm. nº 312 p.21-22 (FR)
  8. Cavallini, Joël: Conditions d'exercice du droit au regroupement familial, La semaine juridique - Social 2008 nº 1593 p.16-17 (FR)
  9. Mok, M.R.: Nederlandse jurisprudentie ; Uitspraken in burgerlijke en strafzaken 2008 nº 574 (NL)
  10. Epiney, Astrid: Von Akrich über Jia bis Metock: zur Anwendbarkeit der gemeinschaftlichen Regeln über den Familiennachzug, Europarecht 2008 p.840-858 (DE)
  11. Dautricourt, C.: La jurisprudence de la Cour de justice et du Tribunal de première instance. Chronique des arrêts. Arrêt "Metock", Revue du droit de l'Union européenne 2008 nº 4 p.858-866 (FR)
  12. Jaume, Alice: Arrêt "Metock": le séjour des ressortissants de pays tiers entrés sur le territoire comunautaire avant de devenir conjoints d'un citoyen de l'Union, Journal des tribunaux / droit européen 2008 nº 153 p.271-273 (FR)
  13. Morozzo della Rocca, Paolo: L'esercizio della libertà di circolazione non tollera ostacoli alla coesione familiare, Il Corriere giuridico 2008 p.1375-1379 (IT)
  14. Alcaraz, Hubert: Droit d'entrée et de séjour d'un ressortissant tiers ayant des liens de parenté avec un citoyen de l'Union, L'actualité juridique ; droit administratif 2009 p.323-325 (FR)
  15. Jánošílková, M.: Rozsudok "Metock", Výber z rozhodnutí Súdneho dvora Európskych spoločenstiev 2009 p.26-28 (SK)
  16. Currie, Samantha: Accelerated justice or a step too far? Residence rights of non-EU family members and the Court's ruling in Metock, European Law Review 2009 p.310-326 (EN)
  17. Venekamp, A.: Het arrest Metock. Een snel arrest met belangrijke gevolgen, Nederlands tijdschrift voor Europees recht 2009 p.84-89 (NL)
  18. Battjes, H.: Administratiefrechtelijke beslissingen ; Rechtspraak bestuursrecht 2009 nº 1 (NL)
  19. Chaltiel, Florence ; Berr, Claude J. ; Francq, Stéphanie ; Prieto, Catherine: Chronique de jurisprudence du Tribunal et de la Cour de justice des Communautés européennes. Concurrence, Journal du droit international 2009 p.680-685 (FR)
  20. Hammamoun, Saïd ; Neuwahl, Nanette: Le droit de séjour du conjoint non communautaire d'un citoyen de l'Union dans le cadre de la directive 2004/38 (CJCE, affaire Metock, C-127/08), Revue trimestrielle de droit européen 2009 p.91-104 (FR)
  21. Berneri, Chiara: Il diritto dei familiari extracomunitari di cittadini dell'Unione a risiedere in uno Stato membro, Quaderni costituzionali 2009 p.413-416 (IT)
  22. Gnes, Matteo: Il diritto comunitario ed i limiti nazionali al ricongiungimento familiare, Giornale di diritto amministrativo 2009 p.137-146 (IT)
  23. Banu, Mihai: Directiva 2004/38/CE. Dreptul cetăţenilor Uniunii şi al membrilor familiilor acestora la liberă circulaţie şi şedere pe teritoriul unui stat membru. Membri de familie resortisanţi ai unor ţări terţe. Resortisanţi ai unor ţări terţe intraţi în statul membru gazdă înainte de a deveni soţi ai unui cetăţean al Uniunii, Revista românǎ de drept comunitar 2009 nº 02 p.197-219 (RO)
  24. De Vries, Karin ; Hilbrink, Eva: Getrouwd in gemeenschap van rechten, Akrich herzien, Nederlands tijdschrift voor de mensenrechten ; NJCM bulletin 2009 p.98-104 (NL)
  25. Rofes i Pujol, Maria Isabel: Crónica de la Jurisprudencia del Tribunal de Justicia de las Comunidades Europeas, Cuadernos Europeos de Deusto 2009 nº 40 p.183-199 (ES)
  26. Martin, D.: Comments on Förster (Case C-158/07 of 18 November 2008), Metock (Case C-127/08 of 25 July 2008) and Huber (Case C-524/06 of 16 December 2008), European Journal of Migration and Law 2009 Vol.11 p.95-108 (EN)
  27. Groenendijk, Kees ; Fernhout, Roel: Vrij verkeer, Europa-route en omgekeerde discriminatie: wie houdt wie voor de gek?, Asiel en Migrantenrecht 2010 p.4-16 (NL)
  28. Maiani, Francesco: La «saga Metock», ou des inconvénients du pragmatisme helvétique dans la gestion des rapports entre droit européen, droit bilatéral et droit interne, Zeitschrift für Schweizerisches Recht 2011 p.27-53 (FR)
  29. Carlier, Jean-Yves: La libre circulation des personnes dans l’Union européenne, Journal de droit européen 2016 nº 1 p.153-159 (FR)



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

High Court (Irlande) - Ireland

Subject-matter

  • Citizenship of the Union
  • - Right of entry and residence

Provisions of national law referred to

European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2006 and 2008 European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) (N° 2) Regulations (SI 656 of 2006), Regulations 3(1) and (2) and 7

Provisions of international law referred to

Information not available

Procedure and result

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling

Formation of the Court

grande chambre (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

Ilešič

Advocate General

Poiares Maduro

Language(s) of the Case

  • English

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • French