Peterbroeck, Van Campenhout and Cie v Belgian State: ECJ 14 Dec 1995

It is a basic principle of European Union law that national law should provide effective legal protection, by establishing a system of legal remedies and procedures which ensure respect for the relevant European law right: ‘For the purposes of applying those principles, each case which raises the question whether a national procedural provision renders application of Community law impossible or excessively difficult must be analysed by reference to the role of that provision in the procedure, its progress and its special features, viewed as a whole, before the various national instances. In the light of that analysis the basic principles of the domestic judicial system, such as protection of the rights of the defence, the principle of legal certainty and the proper conduct of procedure, must, where appropriate, be taken into consideration.’ and ‘The case-law of the court in this area establishes a balance between, on the one hand, the need to respect that autonomy [of national courts] and, on the other hand, the need to ensure the effective protection of Community rights in the national courts. That is true both of the case-law on the subject of time-limits which I have set out above and of the decisions in Simmenthal and Factortame which are mentioned in the order for reference and are relied on by Peterbroeck, and which illustrate the court’s concern for the effective protection of Community rights.’


C-312/93, [1995] EUECJ C-312/93, [1994] ECR I-4599, [1996] All ER (EC) 242, [1995] ECR I-4599, [1996] 1 CMLR 793



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Updated: 03 June 2022; Ref: scu.161149