Judges rule on scope for EU law challenges

Member states' right to act in case of new information reaffirmed within strict limits

The European court of justice (ECJ) has reaffirmed EU governments' right to question the validity of harmonising EU measures in the light of significant new scientific knowledge, while setting conditions on how this can occur. The ruling has broad implications across several fields of environmental policy making, an informed EU source told ENDS Europe DAILY.

The court's judgement, delivered on 22 October, responds to questions referred by France's council of state. These related to a lawsuit brought against the government in 2000 by British farmers to challenge France's continued ban on British beef imports despite an EU decision to reauthorise UK exports from August 1999.

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