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New institutional files from the Court of Justice of the European Union

Posted on 20 May 2020

A new set of files of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) is now available for consultation in digital format under the access conditions specified in the inventory.

Following the contract signed in July 2014 between the Court and the European University Institute, and governed by Council Regulation (EU) 2015/496 on the deposit of the historical archives of the European Union institutions at the HAEU, new archival sets of the CJEU are regularly made available for public consultation.

The inventory concerning the CJEU original procedure records for 1980 is now accessible in the HAEU database.

The set of 228 new files, now available to users for consultation upon request, pertain to 280 law cases ruled by the CJEU in 1980.

Several law cases ruled in the year 1980 had an important impact on EU law, including: 

  • the case 96/90, Jenkins against Kingsgate, concerning equal pay for men and women and indirect discrimination;
  • the joined cases 188 -190/80, France, Italy and United Kingdom against the European Commission, concerning the competitive relations between public and private companies;
  • the case 244/80, Foglia against Novello II, on the question of interpretation of the Community’s acts (the case did not arise from a "real dispute" and the Court of Justice has declared itself incompetent to rule, like in the case Foglia vs. Novello I).

This new set of files, available to users upon request, constitute a key source of information to analyse the historical processes leading to the adoption of various EU legal acts and to understand the role of the CJEU in the European Union’s legislative procedures.

To know more about their access conditions and use, click here.

To consult the inventory of the CJEU documents, click here.