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Judgment 70/2015 of the Italian Constitutional Court: Pension Cuts – by Giorgio Monti (EUI)

May 6, 2015

Link: http://www.cortecostituzionale.it/schedaUltimoDeposito.do;jsessionid=4AAEF7D7EC33E6839EEBC97021B33FC1   On the brink of economic meltdown in 2011, the Monti government established a number of policies to reduce spending and reset the economy (the so-called Salva Italia package); one of these affected pension payments. In brief, the measure meant that those receiving a pension three times above the minimum (so those earning […]

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Greek Council of State (Plenum) Decision on Labour Measures Implementing 2nd Greek MoU – by Matina Yannakourou (European University Cyprus)

April 7, 2015

Matina Yannakourou (European University Cyprus, S.Yannakourou@euc.ac.cy) On 27 June 2014, the Greek Council of State in Plenum issued Decision 2307/2014 declaring all labour law measures implementing the second Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in compliance with the Greek Constitution, the TFEU (arts 125 and 136), the ECHR (art 11 and art 1 of its 1st Additional […]

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Brussels, French Politics and the “Macron Law” – by Robin Gadbled

March 31, 2015

By Robin Gadbled (EUI) Intense debate and media attention surrounded the adoption of the French law on Growth, Economic Activity and Economic Equal Opportunities[1], more famously known under the name of its promotor: France’s new Minister to the Economy Emmanuel Macron. Read the whole comment here.

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We are looking for a Rapporteur on Denmark and Lithuania!

March 9, 2015

Expressions of interest are welcomed by 20 March 2015. See for more information: EUI Euro Crisis Law Project_Rapporteur for Lithuania EUI Euro Crisis Law Project_Rapporteur for Denmark

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OMT’s Inevitable Legality. Comment on AG opinion – by Giorgio Monti (EUI)

February 24, 2015

OMT’s Inevitable Legality? Giorgio Monti (EUI) Two sets of considerations on the Advocate General’s Opinion delivered on 14 January 2015 in Case C-62/14, Gauweiler et al v Deutscher Bundestag. 1. Inevitable legality The first starts from the premise that there are certain cases when a court cannot but give one kind of answer. This can […]

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24 February 2015: Extension of Greek programme agreed by Euro Area Finance Ministers

February 24, 2015

On 24 February 2015 the Finance Ministers of the Euro Area agreed on a 4 month extension of the Greek EFSF Programme (Master Financial Assistance Facility Agreement). National procedures will now start with a view to have a final approval of the extension. See the section of this website on Early Emergency Funding for the […]

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The first preliminary reference to the Court of Justice of the EU by the Slovenian Constitutional Court: the case of the Commission’s Banking Communication – by Samo Bardutzky (University of Kent)

January 16, 2015

The first ever request for a preliminary reference from the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ), made by the Slovenian Constitutional Court (Ustavno sodišče) stems from a case contesting measures adopted in order to cleanse the country’s toxic banking system (Case U-I-295/13). Bank of Slovenia made use of the possibility provided by the […]

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On 10 September 2014 the Spanish Constitutional Court has admitted an action of unconstitutionality for breach of local competences (conflicto en defensa de la autonomia local) brought by nearly 3000 municipalities – by Leticia Diez Sanchez (EUI)

January 16, 2015

The actions of unconstitutionality for breach of local competences can only be brought by 1,160 municipalities representing at least one-sixth of the Spanish population (about 7,8 million inhabitants), having been the first time that a sufficient number of local governments manage to lodge such an action – notably, about 850 of these 3000 municipalities are […]

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Advocate General issues Opinion on OMT-programme ECB

January 16, 2015

On Wednesday 14 January 2015 Advocate General Cruz Villalon has issued his Opinion in the Gauweiler case on the compatibility of the ECB's OMT-programme with EU law. According to the Advocate General, the OMT-programme is a monetary policy measure compatible with the mandate of the ECB and the monetary financing prohibition of article 123 TFEU if […]

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16 January 2015: European Commission issues guidance on how it will apply the SGP to foster reform and investment

January 16, 2015

On 13 January 2015 the European Commission has presented guidance on how it plans to apply the existing Stability and Growth Pact rules to strengthen the link between structural reforms, investment and fiscal responsibility in support of jobs and growth. See the press release at: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-3220_en.htm

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New reports on Romania and Austria are now online!

November 5, 2014

Workshop Announcement: 17/18 October 2014

June 24, 2014

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30 May 2014: Portuguese Constitutional Court declares pay, pension and welfare cuts unconstitutional

June 24, 2014

See http://www.tribunalconstitucional.pt/tc/acordaos/20140413.html for the Constitutional Court decision in Portuguese (no English translation available).

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Constitutional Change through Euro Crisis Law Website is now online!

May 23, 2014

This website holds the results of a study coordinated by the Law Department that charts the impact of Euro Crisis Law (by which we mean the legal instruments adopted at European or international level in reaction to the Eurozone crisis) on the national legal and constitutional structures of the 28 Member States of the EU.

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