Rewe-Zentralfinanz eG v Landwirtschaftskammer fur das Saarland (Judgment): ECJ 16 Dec 1976

‘the right of individuals to rely on the directly effective provisions of the Treaty before national courts is only a minimum guarantee and is not sufficient in itself to ensure the full and complete implementation of the Treaty’
1. The prohibition laid down in article 13 of the treaty and that laid down in article 13 of regulation no 159/66/eec have a direct effect and confer on citizens rights which the national courts are required to protect.
2. In the absence of community rules on this subject, it is for the domestic legal system of each member state to designate the courts having jurisdiction and to determine the procedural conditions governing actions at law intended to ensure the protection of the rights which citizens have from the direct effect of community law, it being understood that such conditions cannot be less favourable than those relating to similar actions of a domestic nature. The position would be different only if the conditions made it impossible in practice to exercise the rights which the national courts are obliged to protect.


C-33/76, [1976] ECR 1989, R-33/76, [1976] EUECJ R-33/76, [1976] EUECJ R-33/76, [1976] ECR 1989, [1977] 1 CMLR 533





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Updated: 27 May 2022; Ref: scu.132443