2023 Annual report of the European Court provides information on the Court’s judicial activity, including sanctions cases

02 May 2024, 08 mins ago

The Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU) has published its 2023 annual report, which states that out of 1,841 pending cases as of 31 December 2023, 116  relate to restrictive measures (sanctions). 

The CJEU further state that litigation concerning restrictive measures has remained among the court’s main activities. However, the number of cases brought in 2023 has reduced to 63, in comparison to 103 that were brought in 2022; 41 of those cases relate to EU’s  sanctions against Russia. 

The CJEU noted that in numerous pending sanctions cases, the applicants “modified their applications on the basis of Article 86 of the Rules of Procedure in order to challenge the renewal or amendment of the measures concerning them, instead of bringing new actions contesting those decisions”. While Article 86 allows the Court to examine several acts in the context of the same case, it also makes litigation more difficult to manage, as an application could be modified when the hearing is in process. Such a disadvantage can results in the General Court contemplating to amend its Rules of Procedure and allow any modification of the application only within a short period of time once  the General Court’s decision to open the oral part of the procedure has been served.

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