President Lenaerts: European Union law is part of the European identity

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Date: 
4 September 2017
Country: 
Hungary
City: 
Budapest

The President of the European Court of Justice stressed the importance of the European judicial cooperation on 4 September in Budapest. During his official visit to Hungary, Mr. Koen Lenaerts held discussions with Mr. Tamás Sulyok, President of the Constitutional Court of Hungary and with Mr. Péter Darák, President of the Curia of Hungary.

At the roundtable meeting held in the premises of the Curia of Hungary, President Lenaerts pointed out that European nations are united in their diversity, the judiciary’s task is therefore to strike a balance between these diverse cultures. European Union law should not be regarded as foreign law, since it is to be applied as part of the Member States’ national legislation. After the removal of internal market barriers, the creation of a single legal area has become a common interest that we all share. In addition, President Lenaerts noted that a balance should be found between the freedom of economic competition and the rights of consumers.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Endre Juhász, Hungarian Judge at the European Court of Justice, Mr. Tamás Sulyok, President of the Constitutional Court of Hungary and Mr. Péter Darák, President of the Curia of Hungary as well as by some of the judges and senior advisors of the Curia of Hungary. In response to a judge’s question, President Lenaerts explained that, due to the complex nature of the Rules of Procedure of the European Court of Justice, the latter is given only a narrow margin for manoeuvre to accelerate their decision-making process, even if a high priority case has to be heard. This is also true for consumer disputes.

In President Lenaerts’ view, intensive dialogue between national courts and the EU judicial forums is essential in order to move ahead along a common road. For the development and interpretation of European law, the European Court of Justice needs the national courts’ references.

On the day preceding the roundtable meeting, a working dinner was hosted by the President of the Constitutional Court of Hungary for President Lenaerts, Judge Juhász and Chief Justice Darák. The participants discussed the possibilities of establishing closer professional ties between their respective institutions.

Budapest, the 4th of September 2017

Joint press release of the Constitutional Court of Hungary and of the Curia of Hungary