EU Law

Justice written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of John Redwood John Redwood Conservative, Wokingham

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times the UK has lost EU infraction proceedings since May 2010 which relate to matters that fall within his Department's responsibility.

Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The UK has never been fined in relation to a breach of European Law. However, the European Court of Justice ruled on 13 February 2014 (Case C-530/11) that the UK was in breach of its obligations under the public participation directive to ensure the costs of going to court in respect of environmental matters are not prohibitively expensive. The Department is currently in discussion with the European Commission regarding the Court’s judgment.

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