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2018/2169(DEC) 2017 discharge: EU general budget, Court of Justice

Progress: Procedure completed, awaiting publication in Official Journal

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead CONT KOHN Arndt (icon: S&D S&D) SALAFRANCA SÁNCHEZ-NEYRA José Ignacio (icon: PPE PPE), FITTO Raffaele (icon: ECR ECR), KLINZ Wolf (icon: ALDE ALDE), DE JONG Dennis (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), JÁVOR Benedek (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), VALLI Marco (icon: EFDD EFDD), JALKH Jean-François (icon: ENF ENF)
Committee Opinion AFET
Committee Opinion DEVE
Committee Opinion INTA
Committee Opinion BUDG
Committee Opinion ECON
Committee Opinion EMPL
Committee Opinion ENVI
Committee Opinion ITRE
Committee Opinion IMCO
Committee Opinion TRAN
Committee Opinion REGI
Committee Opinion AGRI
Committee Opinion PECH
Committee Opinion CULT
Committee Opinion JURI SVOBODA Pavel (icon: PPE PPE) Mady DELVAUX (icon: S&D S&D), António MARINHO E PINTO (icon: ALDE ALDE)
Committee Opinion LIBE
Committee Opinion AFCO
Committee Opinion FEMM
Committee Opinion PETI
Lead committee dossier:

Events

2019/03/26
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2019/03/26
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament decided by 518 votes to 107, with 11 abstentions, to grant discharge to the Registrar of the Court of Justice for the implementation of the Court’s budget for the financial year 2017.

Parliament noted with satisfaction that the Court of Auditors had observed that no significant weaknesses in respect of the audited topics relating to human resources and procurement for the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

The payments as a whole for the year ended on 31 December 2017 for administrative and other expenditure of the Court of Justice were free from material error.

Budgetary and financial management

Parliament noted that in 2017, the CJEU had appropriations amounting to EUR 399 344 000 (EUR 380 002 000 in 2016) and that the implementation rate was 98.69 % (98.23 % in 2016) in 2017. Noting that the CJEU overestimated its commitments for various budget lines and reduced its request for appropriations for Members’ missions when drawing up its 2019 estimates. Members called on the CJEU to pursue its efforts to ensure sound financial management in order to avoid significant discrepancies between commitments and payments.

Court cases

The resolution noted that the total number of cases brought before the CJEU in 2017 (1656 cases) was higher than in 2016 (1604 cases) and that the number of cases completed in 2017 remained at a high level (1594 cases as compared to 1628 cases in 2016). The average duration of proceedings decreased from 16.7 months in 2016 to 16.3 months in 2017). Members acknowledged the efforts of the CJEU to improve efficiency in the handling of cases while not compromising the quality, efficiency and independence of its judgements.

Staff

Staff reductions have put significant pressure on some support services such as the internal linguistic production capacity which has led to an increased collaboration with freelance translators.

Brexit

Parliament noted that the British members of the Court of Justice and the General Court will cease to exercise their functions when the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union. The volume of litigation could increase in the short and medium term in view of legal problems which may be generated by a withdrawal agreement and the corresponding provisions of United Kingdom law.

The Court had 63 British members of staff in 2017, among which 36 officials, 24 temporary agents and three contract agents. Members welcomed the intention of the CJEU to follow a case by case approach when deciding on the extension of contracts for British contract and temporary agents after the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

Documents
2019/03/26
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2019/02/27
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
Details

The Committee on Budgetary Control adopted the report by Arndt KOHN (S&D, DE) recommending the European Parliament to give discharge to the Registrar of the Court of Justice in respect of the implementation of the Court’s budget for the financial year 2017.

Members noted with satisfaction that the Court of Auditors observed that no significant weaknesses in respect of the audited topics relating to human resources and procurement for the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

The payments as a whole for the year ended on 31 December 2017 for administrative and other expenditure of the Court of Justice were free from material error.

Budgetary and financial management

Members noted that in 2016, the CJEU had appropriations amounting to EUR 399 344 000 (EUR 380 002 000 in 2016) and that the implementation rate was 98.69 % (98.23 % in 2016) in 2017.

Noting that the CJEU overestimated its commitments for various budget lines and reduced its request for appropriations for Members’ missions when drawing up its 2019 estimates.

Members called on the CJEU to pursue its efforts to ensure sound financial management in order to avoid significant discrepancies between commitments and payments.

Court cases

The report noted that the total number of cases brought before the CJEU in 2017 (1656 cases) was higher than in 2016 (1604 cases) and that the number of cases completed in 2017 remained at a high level (1594 cases as compared to 1628 cases in 2016). The average duration of proceedings decreased from 16.7 months in 2016 to 16.3 months in 2017). Members acknowledged the efforts of the CJEU to improve efficiency in the handling of cases while not compromising the quality, efficiency and independence of its judgements.

Staff

Staff reductions have put significant pressure on some support services such as the internal linguistic production capacity which has led to an increased collaboration with freelance translators.

Brexit

Members noted that the British members of the Court of Justice and the General Court will cease to exercise their functions when the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union. The volume of litigation could increase in the short and medium term in view of legal problems which may be generated by a withdrawal agreement and the corresponding provisions of United Kingdom law.

The report noted that they had 63 British members of staff in 2017, among which 36 officials, 24 temporary agents and three contract agents. Members welcomed the intention of the CJEU to follow a case by case approach when deciding on the extension of contracts for British contract and temporary agents after the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

Documents
2019/02/20
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2019/02/12
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2019/02/11
   CSL - Supplementary non-legislative basic document
Details

Based on the observations contained in the report by the Court of Auditors, the Council called on the European Parliament to grant discharge to all of the EU institutions in respect of the implementation of their respective budgets for the financial year 2017.

However, it considered that budget implementation required a series of comments from the Council which should be fully taken into account by the Commission.

The Council welcomed the fact that the administrative and related expenditure of the EU institutions remained, as in previous years, free from material error with an estimated level of error of 0.5 %, which while being well below the materiality threshold is higher by 0.3 % compared to the Court's findings for 2016 (0.2 %). It noted with satisfaction that no serious weaknesses were identified by the Court in the supervisory and control systems and in the examined annual activity reports.

The Council took note that, as in previous years, there was a small number of errors relating to staff costs and some weaknesses in the Office for Administration and Payment of individual entitlements' (PMO) management of family allowances. It called on the Commission to improve its procedures to avoid errors related to staff expenditure.

The Court did not identify any specific problems concerning the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Documents
2018/12/13
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2018/12/11
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2018/09/24
   EP - SVOBODA Pavel (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in JURI
2018/09/11
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2018/07/27
   EP - KOHN Arndt (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in CONT
2018/07/12
   CofA - Court of Auditors: opinion, report
Details

PURPOSE: presentation of the Annual report of the Court of Auditors on the implementation of the budget concerning the financial year 2017.

CONTENT: the Court of Auditors published its 41th annual report on the implementation of the general budget of the Union for the year 2017. This report follows a five-part structure:

- the statement of assurance (DAS) and a summary of the results of the audit on the reliability of accounts and the regularity of transactions;

- the analysis of budgetary and financial management;

- the Commission’s performance reporting framework;

- the findings on EU revenue;

- the presentation of the main headings of the current multiannual financial framework (MFF), the results of the testing of the regularity of transactions.

The Court concludes that payments for 2017 are legal and regular, with the expenditure recorded in 2017 covering spending on a reimbursement basis. It believes that the EU accounts present a true and fair view of the EU’s financial position.

The report also assessed the potential impact on the 2017 accounts of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. On 29 March 2017, the United Kingdom (UK) formally notified the European Council of its intention to leave the European Union (EU). On 22 May 2017, the negotiations started for the withdrawal agreement between the EU and the UK.

Part Five (Financial Provisions) of the draft withdrawal agreement of 19 March 2018 concerning the financial settlement states that the UK will pay all its obligations under the current and previous Multiannual Financial Frameworks as if it were still a Member State.

Based on this, the Court concluded that the accounts as at 31 December 2017 correctly reflect the withdrawal process.

The audit also focuses on the budget implementation of the Committee of the Court of Justice .

The overall audit evidence indicates that the level of error in spending on ‘Administration’ was not material. For this MFF heading, the testing of transactions produced an estimated overall level of error of 0.5 %

The Court did not detect any specific problem regarding the Court of Justice.

2018/06/28
   EC - Non-legislative basic document published
Details

PURPOSE: presentation by the Commission of the consolidated annual accounts of the European Union for the financial year 2017, as part of the 2017 discharge procedure.

Analysis of the accounts of the EU Institutions: European Court of Justice .

CONTENT: the organisational governance of the EU consists of institutions, agencies and other EU bodies whose expenditure is included in the general budget of the Union.

This Commission document concerns the EU's consolidated accounts for the year 2017 and details how spending by the EU institutions and bodies was carried out. The consolidated annual accounts of the EU provide financial information on the activities of the institutions, agencies and other bodies of the EU from an accrual accounting and budgetary perspective.

It is the responsibility of the Commission's Accounting Officer to prepare the EU's consolidated annual accounts and ensure that they present fairly, in all material aspects, the financial position, the result of the operations and the cash flows of the EU institutions and bodies with a view to granting discharge.

Discharge procedure : the final step of a budget lifecycle is the discharge . It is the decision by which the European Parliament ‘ releases ’ the Commission from its responsibility for management of a given budget by marking the end of that budget's existence. It is granted by the European Parliament on the recommendation of the Council.

The decision is based in particular on the European Court of Auditors reports, in particular its annual report, in which the Court provides a Statement of Assurance (DAS) on the legality and regularity of transactions (payments and commitments).

The procedure results in the granting, postponement or refusal of discharge.

The final discharge report including specific recommendations to the Commission for action is adopted in plenary by the European Parliament and are subject to an annual follow up report in which the Commission outlines the concrete actions it has taken to implement the recommendations made.

All EU institutions and other agencies, bodies and joint undertakings are subject to their own discharge procedures.

Implementation of the Court of Justice’s appropriations for the financial year 2016 : the document noted that in 2017 the Court’s budget was EUR 399.3 million , with an implementation rate of final appropriations of 98.69%.

Almost 76 % of the budget was allocated to expenditure on the Members and staff, with almost the entire balance being spent on infrastructure, including buildings and information technology.

As regards the expenditure of the Court of Justice, the information taken from the Court's 2017 Annual Activity Report states that:

the Court's activity has been very active : the number of cases submitted to the Court is up compared to 2016 (1656 cases) and a total of 1594 cases have been closed; the statistics concerning the length of the proceedings are very positive; the scale of the increased productivity achieved by the Court, thanks to the coordinated efforts of the courts and of all the support services which made it possible, over the period 2010-2017, for the number of cases closed to rise by 30% with an increase in the number of new cases of 18% in the same period, although the number of staff in the support services fell; at the Meeting of Judges held in March 2017, it was decided to create the ‘ Judicial Network of the European Union ’ covering the constitutional and supreme courts of the Member States, a network coordinated by the Court; the Court is continuing the project for the 5th extension of its buildings which should, in 2019, enable it to reunite its staff on one site (vacating the last building that is still rented) and, thereby, increase the efficiency of its services.

Documents

Votes

A8-0098/2019 - Arndt Kohn - Résolution 26/03/2019 17:38:54.000

2019/03/26 Outcome: +: 518, -: 107, 0: 11
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A8-0098/2019 - Arndt Kohn - Résolution

2019/03/26 Outcome: +: 518, -: 107, 0: 11
DE ES FR IT RO PT BE NL SE BG AT HU CZ LT SI IE FI SK LU EE LV MT HR DK PL EL CY GB
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47
60
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19
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AmendmentsDossier
42 2018/2169(DEC)
2018/11/19 JURI 14 amendments...
source: 630.588
2019/02/12 CONT 28 amendments...
source: 634.530

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  • date: 2018-07-12T00:00:00 docs: url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:C:2018:357:TOC title: OJ C 357 04.10.2018, p. 0001 title: N8-0013/2019 summary: PURPOSE: presentation of the Annual report of the Court of Auditors on the implementation of the budget concerning the financial year 2017. CONTENT: the Court of Auditors published its 41th annual report on the implementation of the general budget of the Union for the year 2017. This report follows a five-part structure: - the statement of assurance (DAS) and a summary of the results of the audit on the reliability of accounts and the regularity of transactions; - the analysis of budgetary and financial management; - the Commission’s performance reporting framework; - the findings on EU revenue; - the presentation of the main headings of the current multiannual financial framework (MFF), the results of the testing of the regularity of transactions. The Court concludes that payments for 2017 are legal and regular, with the expenditure recorded in 2017 covering spending on a reimbursement basis. It believes that the EU accounts present a true and fair view of the EU’s financial position. The report also assessed the potential impact on the 2017 accounts of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. On 29 March 2017, the United Kingdom (UK) formally notified the European Council of its intention to leave the European Union (EU). On 22 May 2017, the negotiations started for the withdrawal agreement between the EU and the UK. Part Five (Financial Provisions) of the draft withdrawal agreement of 19 March 2018 concerning the financial settlement states that the UK will pay all its obligations under the current and previous Multiannual Financial Frameworks as if it were still a Member State. Based on this, the Court concluded that the accounts as at 31 December 2017 correctly reflect the withdrawal process. The audit also focuses on the budget implementation of the Committee of the Court of Justice . The overall audit evidence indicates that the level of error in spending on ‘Administration’ was not material. For this MFF heading, the testing of transactions produced an estimated overall level of error of 0.5 % The Court did not detect any specific problem regarding the Court of Justice. type: Court of Auditors: opinion, report body: CofA
  • date: 2018-12-11T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE628.681&secondRef=02 title: PE628.681 committee: JURI type: Committee opinion body: EP
  • date: 2018-12-13T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE626.818 title: PE626.818 type: Committee draft report body: EP
  • date: 2019-02-11T00:00:00 docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=ADV&RESULTSET=1&DOC_ID=5824%2F19&DOC_LANCD=EN&ROWSPP=25&NRROWS=500&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC title: 05824/2019 summary: Based on the observations contained in the report by the Court of Auditors, the Council called on the European Parliament to grant discharge to all of the EU institutions in respect of the implementation of their respective budgets for the financial year 2017. However, it considered that budget implementation required a series of comments from the Council which should be fully taken into account by the Commission. The Council welcomed the fact that the administrative and related expenditure of the EU institutions remained, as in previous years, free from material error with an estimated level of error of 0.5 %, which while being well below the materiality threshold is higher by 0.3 % compared to the Court's findings for 2016 (0.2 %). It noted with satisfaction that no serious weaknesses were identified by the Court in the supervisory and control systems and in the examined annual activity reports. The Council took note that, as in previous years, there was a small number of errors relating to staff costs and some weaknesses in the Office for Administration and Payment of individual entitlements' (PMO) management of family allowances. It called on the Commission to improve its procedures to avoid errors related to staff expenditure. The Court did not identify any specific problems concerning the Court of Justice of the European Union. type: Supplementary non-legislative basic document body: CSL
  • date: 2019-02-12T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE634.530 title: PE634.530 type: Amendments tabled in committee body: EP
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  • date: 2018-06-28T00:00:00 type: Non-legislative basic document published body: EC docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2018/0521/COM_COM(2018)0521_EN.pdf title: COM(2018)0521 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2018&nu_doc=0521 title: EUR-Lex summary: PURPOSE: presentation by the Commission of the consolidated annual accounts of the European Union for the financial year 2017, as part of the 2017 discharge procedure. Analysis of the accounts of the EU Institutions: European Court of Justice . CONTENT: the organisational governance of the EU consists of institutions, agencies and other EU bodies whose expenditure is included in the general budget of the Union. This Commission document concerns the EU's consolidated accounts for the year 2017 and details how spending by the EU institutions and bodies was carried out. The consolidated annual accounts of the EU provide financial information on the activities of the institutions, agencies and other bodies of the EU from an accrual accounting and budgetary perspective. It is the responsibility of the Commission's Accounting Officer to prepare the EU's consolidated annual accounts and ensure that they present fairly, in all material aspects, the financial position, the result of the operations and the cash flows of the EU institutions and bodies with a view to granting discharge. Discharge procedure : the final step of a budget lifecycle is the discharge . It is the decision by which the European Parliament ‘ releases ’ the Commission from its responsibility for management of a given budget by marking the end of that budget's existence. It is granted by the European Parliament on the recommendation of the Council. The decision is based in particular on the European Court of Auditors reports, in particular its annual report, in which the Court provides a Statement of Assurance (DAS) on the legality and regularity of transactions (payments and commitments). The procedure results in the granting, postponement or refusal of discharge. The final discharge report including specific recommendations to the Commission for action is adopted in plenary by the European Parliament and are subject to an annual follow up report in which the Commission outlines the concrete actions it has taken to implement the recommendations made. All EU institutions and other agencies, bodies and joint undertakings are subject to their own discharge procedures. Implementation of the Court of Justice’s appropriations for the financial year 2016 : the document noted that in 2017 the Court’s budget was EUR 399.3 million , with an implementation rate of final appropriations of 98.69%. Almost 76 % of the budget was allocated to expenditure on the Members and staff, with almost the entire balance being spent on infrastructure, including buildings and information technology. As regards the expenditure of the Court of Justice, the information taken from the Court's 2017 Annual Activity Report states that: the Court's activity has been very active : the number of cases submitted to the Court is up compared to 2016 (1656 cases) and a total of 1594 cases have been closed; the statistics concerning the length of the proceedings are very positive; the scale of the increased productivity achieved by the Court, thanks to the coordinated efforts of the courts and of all the support services which made it possible, over the period 2010-2017, for the number of cases closed to rise by 30% with an increase in the number of new cases of 18% in the same period, although the number of staff in the support services fell; at the Meeting of Judges held in March 2017, it was decided to create the ‘ Judicial Network of the European Union ’ covering the constitutional and supreme courts of the Member States, a network coordinated by the Court; the Court is continuing the project for the 5th extension of its buildings which should, in 2019, enable it to reunite its staff on one site (vacating the last building that is still rented) and, thereby, increase the efficiency of its services.
  • date: 2018-09-11T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2019-02-20T00:00:00 type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2019-02-27T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A8-2019-0098&language=EN title: A8-0098/2019 summary: The Committee on Budgetary Control adopted the report by Arndt KOHN (S&D, DE) recommending the European Parliament to give discharge to the Registrar of the Court of Justice in respect of the implementation of the Court’s budget for the financial year 2017. Members noted with satisfaction that the Court of Auditors observed that no significant weaknesses in respect of the audited topics relating to human resources and procurement for the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The payments as a whole for the year ended on 31 December 2017 for administrative and other expenditure of the Court of Justice were free from material error. Budgetary and financial management Members noted that in 2016, the CJEU had appropriations amounting to EUR 399 344 000 (EUR 380 002 000 in 2016) and that the implementation rate was 98.69 % (98.23 % in 2016) in 2017. Noting that the CJEU overestimated its commitments for various budget lines and reduced its request for appropriations for Members’ missions when drawing up its 2019 estimates. Members called on the CJEU to pursue its efforts to ensure sound financial management in order to avoid significant discrepancies between commitments and payments. Court cases The report noted that the total number of cases brought before the CJEU in 2017 (1656 cases) was higher than in 2016 (1604 cases) and that the number of cases completed in 2017 remained at a high level (1594 cases as compared to 1628 cases in 2016). The average duration of proceedings decreased from 16.7 months in 2016 to 16.3 months in 2017). Members acknowledged the efforts of the CJEU to improve efficiency in the handling of cases while not compromising the quality, efficiency and independence of its judgements. Staff Staff reductions have put significant pressure on some support services such as the internal linguistic production capacity which has led to an increased collaboration with freelance translators. Brexit Members noted that the British members of the Court of Justice and the General Court will cease to exercise their functions when the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union. The volume of litigation could increase in the short and medium term in view of legal problems which may be generated by a withdrawal agreement and the corresponding provisions of United Kingdom law. The report noted that they had 63 British members of staff in 2017, among which 36 officials, 24 temporary agents and three contract agents. Members welcomed the intention of the CJEU to follow a case by case approach when deciding on the extension of contracts for British contract and temporary agents after the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.
  • date: 2019-03-26T00:00:00 type: Debate in Parliament body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20190326&type=CRE title: Debate in Parliament
  • date: 2019-03-26T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P8-TA-2019-0247 title: T8-0247/2019 summary: The European Parliament decided by 518 votes to 107, with 11 abstentions, to grant discharge to the Registrar of the Court of Justice for the implementation of the Court’s budget for the financial year 2017. Parliament noted with satisfaction that the Court of Auditors had observed that no significant weaknesses in respect of the audited topics relating to human resources and procurement for the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The payments as a whole for the year ended on 31 December 2017 for administrative and other expenditure of the Court of Justice were free from material error. Budgetary and financial management Parliament noted that in 2017, the CJEU had appropriations amounting to EUR 399 344 000 (EUR 380 002 000 in 2016) and that the implementation rate was 98.69 % (98.23 % in 2016) in 2017. Noting that the CJEU overestimated its commitments for various budget lines and reduced its request for appropriations for Members’ missions when drawing up its 2019 estimates. Members called on the CJEU to pursue its efforts to ensure sound financial management in order to avoid significant discrepancies between commitments and payments. Court cases The resolution noted that the total number of cases brought before the CJEU in 2017 (1656 cases) was higher than in 2016 (1604 cases) and that the number of cases completed in 2017 remained at a high level (1594 cases as compared to 1628 cases in 2016). The average duration of proceedings decreased from 16.7 months in 2016 to 16.3 months in 2017). Members acknowledged the efforts of the CJEU to improve efficiency in the handling of cases while not compromising the quality, efficiency and independence of its judgements. Staff Staff reductions have put significant pressure on some support services such as the internal linguistic production capacity which has led to an increased collaboration with freelance translators. Brexit Parliament noted that the British members of the Court of Justice and the General Court will cease to exercise their functions when the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union. The volume of litigation could increase in the short and medium term in view of legal problems which may be generated by a withdrawal agreement and the corresponding provisions of United Kingdom law. The Court had 63 British members of staff in 2017, among which 36 officials, 24 temporary agents and three contract agents. Members welcomed the intention of the CJEU to follow a case by case approach when deciding on the extension of contracts for British contract and temporary agents after the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.
  • date: 2019-03-26T00:00:00 type: End of procedure in Parliament body: EP
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